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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Example sentences for roundrobin
The master switches rapidly from one device to another in a roundrobin fashion.
Roundrobin an event format in which each team eventually opposes each other team.
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