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

OTHER WORDS FROM sudden death

sud·den-death, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sudden death

sudden death

noun

(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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