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
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(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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