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photo finish

noun, Sports.
a finish of a race in which two or more contestants are so close to the finish line that reference to a photograph of the finish is necessary to determine the winner.
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First recorded in 1935-40
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photo-finish, adjective Unabridged
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photo finish

a finish of a race in which contestants are so close that a photograph is needed to decide the result
any race or competition in which the winners or placed contestants are separated by a very small margin
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