spelldown

spelldown

[spel-doun]
noun
a spelling competition that begins with all the contestants standing and that ends when all but one, the winner, have been required to sit down due to a specified number of misspellings.

Origin:
1940–45, Americanism; from phrase spell down to outspell others in a spelling match

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