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spectator sport

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Sport
spectator sportspecˈtator ˌsport / $ ˈ... ˌ./ noun [countable]  1 DSa sport that people go and watch2 something that you watch rather than take part in – usually used humorously Life is not a spectator sport.
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spectator sportRugby has become big business and a spectator sport.Mathematics is not a spectator sport.Sport may be taken too seriously; high-performance spectator sport is arguably too central to our lives already.More than £1 billion is bet on greyhound racing each year in what is Britain's most popular spectator sport.Marina took charge of Lucy, and she relaxed: Marina drawing people out was spectator sport.
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