Meaning of game, set, and match in English:

game, set, and match


  • Used to indicate a decisive victory.

    ‘the trade unions have won—game, set, and match to the workers’
    • ‘A super strike it was too and effectively game, set, and match.’
    • ‘Whelan and Kennedy tacked on further minors, and it was to all intents and purposes game, set, and match.’
    • ‘Game, set, and match to Judge Pryor.’
    • ‘Game, set, and match for a very impressive Lismore.’
    • ‘Game, set, and match to Sir Cecil.’
    • ‘For thinking people this surely is game, set, and match for genetic engineering.’
    • ‘Briggs scored their third goal on the three quarter hour, 3-11 to 1-6, game, set, and match to all intents and purposes.’
    • ‘With this one, I think it is game, set, and match.’
    • ‘Ruthless in their search for more scores, their fourth goal by Mattie Kiely in the 49th minute made it the case of game, set, and match for his side.’
    • ‘His brother Eoin pointed a free to leave it 3-11 to 1-3 at the interval, effectively game, set, and match at that stage for the team.’
    success, triumph, conquest, win, successful outcome, positive result, favourable result, landslide, achievement, coup, game, set, and match


    Said at the end of a tennis match, indicating that a player has won a game that also wins them the set and the match.