sudden death

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  1. 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

  • sudden-death, adjective

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How to use sudden death in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sudden death

sudden death

  1. (in sports, etc) an extra game or contest to decide the winner of a tied competition

  2. an unexpected or quick death

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