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relay race

noun, Sports.
a race between two or more teams of contestants, each contestant being relieved by a teammate after running part of the distance.
Compare medley relay.
Origin of relay race
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The flow of energy and nutrients in nature is not a relay race in which each runner waits patiently for the baton.
  • Designed around a fun outdoor relay race, this hands-on exercise will help students communicate and work together.
  • Another had students running a relay race that represented ways they can protect the watershed while hiking and camping.
  • Terry is running a relay race as her coach records her position at various times.
British Dictionary definitions for relay race

relay race

a race between two or more teams of contestants in which each contestant covers a specified portion of the distance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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