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sudden death

noun, Sports.
an overtime period in which a tied contest is won and play is stopped immediately after one of the contestants scores, as in football, or goes ahead, as in golf.
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sudden-death, adjective Unabridged
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  • I never expected to be saved from sudden death by the blowing-up of a boiler.

    The Blue Dragon Kirk Munroe
  • These three young boys had stood face to face with sudden death.

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  • No coroner inquiring into the cause of a sudden death could have been more careful.

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  • Still, he had been fond of her in a way and her sudden death affected him deeply.

    A Royal Prisoner Pierre Souvestre
  • The sudden death of Peter defeated this purpose, and Ivan was left in his misery.

    The Empire of Russia John S. C. Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for sudden death

sudden death

(in sports, etc) an extra game or contest to decide the winner of a tied competition
an unexpected or quick death
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sudden death


: It's like playing a sudden death inning at the beginning of a game

noun phrase

Any of several arrangements for breaking a tie by playing an extra period during which the first team to score wins the game: They went into sudden death overtime (1927+ Sports)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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