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spectator sport

noun
1.
any sport that can be watched by spectators, as football or basketball, usually for a fee.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45
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Examples from the web for spectator sport
  • For a few strange years, running a baseball team became a spectator sport.
  • Golf may be the world's dullest spectator sport, not counting soccer: it takes a long time for not much to happen.
  • Football's simplicity may also have contributed to its popularity as a spectator sport.
  • For some stars, the game is more than a spectator sport.
  • Some people feel that the future of darts is as a spectator sport more than as a participant sport.
  • At that time, live trials and hearings were a major spectator sport.
  • It's also a great spectator sport and a wonderful family activity.
  • Golf has become a popular spectator sport through the medium of television and the keen interest promoted by business.
  • Keep them participative-learning is not a spectator sport-and use adult learning methods.
  • What makes rodeo unique is that it originated not as a spectator sport but with the everyday work of cowboys on the western range.
British Dictionary definitions for spectator sport

spectator sport

noun
1.
a sport that attracts more people as spectators than as participants
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Contemporary definitions for spectator sport
noun

any sport that can would be entertaining for groups of people to watch

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