Definition of dead heat in English:

dead heat

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  • A situation in or result of a race in which two or more competitors are exactly even.
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    • In the event of a dead heat, a draw will take place between the dead heat finalists after the race.
    • There was an eight race programme, and the final race ended in a dead heat.
    • Coming out of the Democratic Convention, the race was a dead heat.


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  • Run or finish a race exactly even.
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    • Yonaguska won three of his first four starts, including victories in the Flash Stakes at Belmont Park and the Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, dead-heating for first with City Zip in the latter race.
    • As a kid, I watched Allan Wells and Mike McFarlane dead-heating in the 200m in Brisbane in 1982.
    • Penn National Race Course made three superfecta payoffs on Saturday after three horses dead-heated for fourth place in the ninth race, a $3,500 claiming race for a $5,000 purse.

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