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sudden death

noun, Sports.
1.
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.
Origin of sudden death
1825-1835
First recorded in 1825-35
Related forms
sudden-death, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sudden death

sudden death

noun
1.
(in sports, etc) an extra game or contest to decide the winner of a tied competition
2.
an unexpected or quick death
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Slang definitions & phrases for sudden death

sudden death

modifier

: 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.
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