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
OTHER WORDS FROM sudden deathsud·den-death, adjective
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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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