(especially in basketball) the illegal practice, by one or more bribed players, of deliberately limiting the number of points scored to conform to the desires of corrupt gamblers.
The illegal practice, esp on the part of athletes, of controlling the score of a game, match, series, etc, so that professional gamblers will have to pay less to the bettors or will win for themselves (1971+ Sports & gambling)
[points-muh n] /ˈpɔɪnts mən/ noun, plural pointsmen. British. 1. a railway switchman. 2. a police officer who directs traffic, as at an intersection. /ˈpɔɪntsˌmæn; -mən/ noun (pl) -men 1. a person who operates railway points US and Canadian equivalent switchman 2. a policeman or traffic warden on point duty
noun 1. a betting device, established by oddsmakers and used to attract bettors for uneven competitions, indicating the estimated number of points by which a stronger team can be expected to defeat a weaker team, the point spread being added to the weaker team’s actual points in the game and this new figure then compared […]
noun, Physics, Optics. 1. a source of radiation sufficiently distant compared to its length and width that it can be considered as a point. noun 1. (optics) a source of light or other radiation that can be considered to have negligible dimensions point source n. A source, especially of pollution or radiation, occupying a very […]
- Points system
noun 1. (Brit) a system used to assess applicants’ eligibility for local authority housing, based on (points awarded for) such factors as the length of time the applicant has lived in the area, how many children are in the family, etc