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.
- sudden-death, adjective
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How to use sudden death in a sentence
You and I have been concerned with the issue of sudden death.Bernard Lown, physician who rallied doctors against nuclear war, dies at 99 | Emily Langer | February 18, 2021 | Washington Post
As a 15-year-old brain who’s distracting herself from the sudden death of her father via an ill-conceived campaign for popularity, Ramakrishnan’s high-spirited performance wrings humor out of trauma.The New Class of Comfort TV: 16 Shows to Watch When You Run Out of Friends and The Office | Eliana Dockterman | February 10, 2021 | Time
The sudden death of the longtime Los Angeles Laker stunned the world and sparked a public outpouring of grief in Los Angeles.
Investigators seized medical records, cellphones and computers from the Buenos Aires home and office of Diego Maradona’s personal doctor as part of an investigation into the soccer legend’s sudden death last week, authorities said Sunday.Police search home and office of Maradona’s doctor in death investigation | Ruby Mellen, Ana Herrero | November 29, 2020 | Washington Post
The show focuses on 15-year-old Devi Vishwakumar, who’s trying to navigate her sophomore year of high school while dealing with the sudden death of her father.
Jam is there because of the sudden death of her boyfriend, Reeve, and the listless state of major depression it throws her into.The Thrilling, Traumatic Lives of Teens: The Fall’s Best YA Fiction | Hugh Ryan | November 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In November 1885, the sudden death of her eighteen year-old daughter, Annie, brought Mandelbaum back to New York City.Meet 'The Queen of Thieves' Marm Mandelbaum, New York City's First Mob Boss | J. North Conway | September 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“The death is being treated as a non-suspicious, but unexplained, sudden death,” a spokesman said.Peaches Geldof, Daughter of Rock Star Bob Geldof, Dies at 25 | Nico Hines, Tom Sykes | April 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But before celebrating, please note, there is a plausible basis for sudden death from cannabis.
And if so, can it cause you to literally drop dead from that ominous condition called “sudden death”?Can Being With Your Family on Thanksgiving Actually Kill You? | Kent Sepkowitz | November 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
They were a well-matched pair; iron-nerved, both of them, the sort of men to face sudden death open-eyed and unafraid.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
His sudden death a year ago came as a great blow to his family and a large circle of friends.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
Diotti divined that something beyond sympathy for old Sanders sudden death racked her soul.The Fifth String | John Philip Sousa
Reduced to suffering by the sudden death of her husband, she concealed her misfortunes under the name of Mme. Charlotte.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
This was the first intimation to Lucy Warrender's friends in London of her sudden death.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume III (of 3) | Charles James Wills
British Dictionary definitions for 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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