dead heat


noun

a race in which two or more competitors finish in a tie.
the result of such a race; tie.

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Origin of dead heat

First recorded in 1790–1800
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Example sentences from the Web for dead heat

  • Their ascent of the stairs was like a race—a race ending in a dead-heat.

    The Azure Rose|Reginald Wright Kauffman

British Dictionary definitions for dead heat

dead heat

noun

  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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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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