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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.
Origin of sudden death
First recorded in 1825-35
Related forms
sudden-death, adjective Unabridged
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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.
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