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tie-break

tie-breaker

/ (ˈtaɪˌbreɪkə) /
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noun
tennis a method of deciding quickly the result of a set drawn at six-all, usually involving the playing of one deciding game for the best of twelve points in which the service changes after odd-numbered points
any contest or game played to decide a winner when contestants have tied scores
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