a system for breaking a tie score at the end of regulation play by establishing a winner through special additional play, usually of a fairly short duration, as in tennis and soccer.

Often tie·break.

Origin of tiebreaker

First recorded in 1960–65; tie + breaker1
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Related Words for tiebreaker

deathblow, tiebreaker

Examples from the Web for tiebreaker

Contemporary Examples of tiebreaker

  • Or maybe Serena and Venus will finally play the match of their lives—three sets with no tiebreaker in a 10-8 third.

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    Why I Love Wimbledon

    Condoleezza Rice

    July 3, 2009