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ace in tennis, a winning serve that is out of the opponent's reach. [1/7 definitions]
Alex Haley a U.S. author celebrated for his pulitzer prize-winning work of historical fiction, Roots: The Saga of an American Family (1976), a publication whose subsequent television broadcast adaptation spawned a national discussion about race and race relations (b.1921--d.1992).
checkmate in the game of chess, a winning maneuver in which the opponent's king piece is brought under direct attack and from which escape is not possible. [1/3 definitions]
clean up (informal) of a sports team, to be very successful in scoring or winning. [1/4 definitions]
competitively in games, matches, or contests with other players or participants who share a goal of winning an award or title. [1/2 definitions]
croupier an attendant in a betting game such as roulette who collects on losing bets and pays on winning ones.
drawing the choosing of the winning ticket in a raffle, lottery, or contest. [1/3 definitions]
first the winning place in a race or contest. [1/8 definitions]
game point the winning point in a game such as tennis. [1/2 definitions]
gold medal the award for winning first place in an Olympic or other competition, with silver and bronze medals going to second and third place winners.
grand slam the winning of all major sporting contests in a particular sport, esp. a professional one such as golf, in one season. [1/4 definitions]
handicap in sports and esp. horse racing, to attempt to predict the winner of (a contest), or to assign odds to (the contestants) as to their chances of winning or losing. [1/6 definitions]
honorable mention recognition for one whose work or part in a competition was noteworthy, but not award-winning.
ingratiating having a charming or winning quality. [1/2 definitions]
little slam in bridge, the winning of twelve of the thirteen tricks of a deal. (Cf. grand slam.)
long shot in betting, a choice that has very little chance of winning, such as a horse in a race. [1/3 definitions]
mah-jongg a Chinese game played with small tiles that are drawn in turn until one of usu. four players has gotten the winning combination of tiles.
nonwinning combined form of winning.
no-win having no possibility of success or winning.
odds a point allowance given to the weaker side in a competition so as to provide each side with an equal chance of winning; handicap. [1/4 definitions]
odds-on having an even or more than even chance at winning or succeeding, as in a horserace or athletic contest.