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  • adj. Informal More successful or winning more often than any others of its kind: "It was one of America's winningest days for women” ( Christian Science Monitor).

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  • adj. superlative form of winning: most winning.
  • adj. Most winning; most attractive.
  • adj. Having the most wins.

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  • Then I'd call the winningest lawyers and make informational appointments.

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  • With former St. Louis skipper Joel Quenneville behind the bench - a k a the winningest coach in Blues history - the Blackhawks (78 points) are just three points off the pace of NHL-leading San Jose (81), a team they defeated at San Jose last Thursday night.

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  • The "winningest" class members got a mere $8.76; others got $1.78; a few got zero.

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  • Mr. Marler is one of the "winningest" lawyers in the country in terms of settlements for those gravely injured by contaminated food.

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  • The UCLA basketball coach for 27 years, John Wooden has sometimes been called America's "winningest" coach.

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  • Jill Scott's "low down" husband in Why Did I Get Married Too? will be joined by fellow honorees, Marshall High School's "winningest" coach

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  • The Dynamo are perhaps the "winningest" franchise in Houston history and they deserve a place of their own ... as for Green Star's comment regarding building an arena for "millionaires" to play in, why don't you go and look up the average MLS player's salary?

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  • Terrible Herbst Motorsports is one of the • On-site displays and sampling opportunities winningest and most popular teams in the sport today, • Association with the 'winningest' vehicle in off-road having dominated within SCORE and Best in the Desert with numerous race wins and Championships. racing history The Herbst family also competes in short course racing and fielded three Pro-4 trucks in the Championship Off Road Racing (CORR) series in 2008 and took Rookie of the Year honors in 2007.

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  • The transition from a four-year starter, McCoy, who became the all-time winningest quarterback in FBS history, may be smoother than expected.

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  • With a victory Saturday, he would tie Bryan Randall as Virginia Tech's all-time winningest quarterback.

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  • "winningest" first seen on the east side of the pond "The Winningest Orators" http://goo.gl/FcTKt

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    It may be an 'Americanism' because it's used in the States, but that's not the origin.

    When you dig through google books, what some people can an 'Americanism' is really just a word or phrase the UK wish that they could forget.

    January 10, 2013

  • It is difficult to come up with a better term in sports context. I don't really like "most victorious", and I agree that "most winning" sounds like a statement about charm. What do you all propose to use to describe the person who wins the most games?

    There should be a Wordie rule that if don't like a usage, you have to propose an alternate.

    June 30, 2007

  • You've got me stumped, seanahan. I suppose that the "most winning" pitcher might be charming but unable to pitch, so that will not do.

    Perhaps Wordie court should allow "winningest" if it remains in its sports context. ;-)

    June 30, 2007

  • Can't answer seanahan's question, but this word drives me batty too (no baseball pun intended).

    June 30, 2007

  • Do you prefer "most winning"? The baseball pitcher with the most wins is not necessarily the best, so that doesn't really work.

    June 30, 2007

  • Like fingernails on chalkboard to me.

    June 29, 2007