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dead heat

a race in which two or more competitors finish in a tie.
the result of such a race; tie.
Origin of dead heat
First recorded in 1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Remus is a sharper, Remus is a cheat, Remus collared my side, And made it a dead heat.

    Boycotted Talbot Baines Reed
  • I ought to have got it from Smythe, of the School-house; but all I could do was to dead heat his time.

    The Master of the Shell Talbot Baines Reed
  • Amidst the shouts and the commotion the result was announced—a dead heat.

  • I followed Pest into the presence of the major,—we ran a dead heat!

    Huts in Hell Daniel A. Poling
  • The judge, however, a Portuguese, decided that it was a dead heat.

British Dictionary definitions for dead heat

dead heat

  1. a race or contest in which two or more participants tie for first place
  2. a tie between two or more contestants in any position
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Slang definitions & phrases for dead heat

dead heat

noun phrase

A tied race, contest, etc: The election ended in a dead heat

[1796+ Horse racing; fr dead, ''absolute, total, thorough,'' related to the finality of death, and heat, ''a single course of a race,'' related either to a single firing or heating of a mass of metal, or to the heating of the body in running, or to both]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with dead heat

dead heat

A contest in which the competitors are equally matched and neither can win; a tie. For example, The two companies are in a dead heat to get a new personal computer on the market. This term comes from 18th-century British horse racing and is still part of racing terminology. It later was transferred to other kinds of competition.
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