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sudden death

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noun Sports.
  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.
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Origin of sudden death

First recorded in 1825–35
Related formssud·den-death, adjective
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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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