Definition of plus-minus in English:

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[often as modifier] Ice Hockey
A running total used as an indication of a player’s effectiveness, calculated by adding one for each goal scored by the player’s team in even-strength play while the player is on the ice, and subtracting one for each goal conceded.
Example sentences
  • He's only a fourth-line checker for now, but he has made the most of his opportunity - 17 goals and a plus-minus rating of plus - 22.
  • The 20-year-old defender isn't putting up big offensive numbers, but he's been right around the break-even point in plus-minus ratings all season, despite playing on the worst team in the West.
  • Traditional plus-minus systems tend to overrate average players on good teams and underrate good players on lousy ones.


South African
More or less; roughly: it was plus-minus 8.30 a.m.
More example sentences
  • Continue for plus minus 17,8 km, until the T-junction.
  • Bake in oven for plus-minus 8 minutes at 180 degrees C.

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