round robin

noun
1.
a sequence or series.
2.
a petition, remonstrance, or the like, having the signatures arranged in circular form so as to disguise the order of signing.
3.
a letter, notice, or the like, circulated from person to person in a group, often with individual comments being added by each.
4.
Sports. a tournament in which all of the entrants play each other at least once, failure to win a contest not resulting in elimination.
Also, round-robin.


Origin:
1540–50

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round robin
 
n
1.  a letter, esp a petition or protest, having the signatures in a circle in order to disguise the order of signing
2.  any letter or petition signed by a number of people
3.  (US), (Canadian) a tournament, as in a competitive game or sport, in which each player plays against every other player

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round robin
"petition or complaint signed in a circle to disguise the order in which names were affixed and prevent ringleaders from being identified," 1730, originally in ref. to sailors and frequently identified as a nautical term. As a kind of tournament in which each player plays the others, it is recorded from
1895.
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Idioms & Phrases

round robin

  1. A petition or other document signed by several persons in sequence, so that no one can tell who was the first to sign it. For example, We decided to send a round robin to management to protest the new rules about work hours. This term originally referred to a grievance presented by seamen to their captain, called round because of the circular sequence of names, but the source of robin has been lost. [Early 1700s]

  2. In sports, a tournament in which each player or team plays against all of the others in turn. For example, The club always holds a tennis round robin on the Fourth of July. [Late 1800s]

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Example sentences
They'll probably have a fixed list of questions to ask, and either one will ask the questions or they'll do a round robin.
The league will be a round robin format with a tournament at the end of the regular season.
The list of round robin materials has been compiled.
The format will be a double round robin, with a single-elimination playoff at the end.
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