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breast the tape

Definition of breast the tape in English:

British Win a race.
Example sentences
  • Well, our most distant ancestors only make an appearance in the last split-second of the race, just as the exhausted winner breasts the tape.
  • I am also 73, and I can tell him that if he has never had the thrill of scoring a try, hitting a six or breasting the tape at the end of a 100-yard dash, then he has definitely missed out.
  • After only 10 overs, the pair had rattled up 85 before taking a more cautious approach and they eventually breasted the tape in the 16th.
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