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Rubber Match ?

Posted by Bob on August 19, 2003

In Reply to: Rubber Match ? posted by James Briggs on August 19, 2003

: : : Where did the phrase Rubber Match for playing the tie-breaking game. ie: 2 out of 3 games, 1 game each... now we play the "Rubber Match"

: : I don't know but am in good company as the OED doesn't know either. They say:

: : ORIGIN C16: of unknown origin; early use was as a term in bowls.

: Is a 'rubber' of bridge related, ie, a three part game?
Yes. Bridge is the place where this is used most frequently ... but it is applied in almost every other case of a deciding third competition, from sport to elections to whatever.