Definition of sudden death in English:

sudden death

Syllabification: sud·den death

noun

informal
A means of deciding the winner in a tied match, especially one in which the first side or player to concede a game, score, or point during an additional period of play is the loser: [as modifier]: a sudden-death playoff
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  • The runners-up, and the best third placed team, will then play sudden-death play-off games to decide the three other clubs in the quarter-finals.
  • They had also survived a tense semi-final against Russia, Turnbull scoring a try in sudden-death extra-time.
  • This is especially true in the play-offs, when sudden-death overtime adds to the fatigue and makes this time of the year so special.

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