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play-by-play (description)

1. A very detailed, granular description and analysis of some sporting event or a portion thereof. And now we go to our senior sports analyst, Ty Johnson, for a play-by-play of tonight's game. Joining me for a play-by-play description of the first half is two-time Super Bowl champion Doug Douglas.
2. By extension, a very detailed, thorough depiction of some event as each moment unfolded in real time. I don't need a play-by-play of how the meeting went—just give me a quick rundown. I'm dying to hear about your date last night. Give me a play-by-play description!

play-by-play description

a description of an event given as the event is taking place. (Usually in reference to a sporting event.) And now here is Bill Jones with a play-by-play description of the baseball game. John was giving me a play-by-play description of the argument going on next door.
See also: description
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Two independent batter-by-batter play-by-play descriptions of the May 15, 1908, game were provided in the BP and BJ game accounts (See Appendix 4).
I used retrosheet.org as the reference site for the box scores and play-by-play descriptions. The time period is from 1920 to the present, because box scores and play-byplay descriptions from earlier than 1920 are incomplete or were not recorded.
Lots of action and play-by-play descriptions will engage young sports fans and hold their interest.
"Longstanding policies prohibiting play-by-play descriptions of NFL games in progress apply fully to Twitter and other social media platforms.
If Murdock teams were losing, his play-by-play descriptions made things easier to accept.
People gathered in pubs and restaurants to listen to election returns and play-by-play descriptions of baseball games.