dead rubber

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 12 03:46:37 UTC 2011

> Although Hungary began the night knowing they could still draw level
> on points with second-placed Sweden, an inferior head-to-head record
> made this a dead rubber match.

"Dead rubber" is in UD, Wiki and Wiktionary, but not in OED or any other
printed dictionary that I've seen (nor online counterparts). Plenty of
hits--a meaningless match in a tournament where placement is not at
stake or in a series where the outcome has already been determined.


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