Definition of dead heat in English:

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dead heat


A situation in which two or more competitors in a race are exactly level: competition is always fierce, with a dead heat in one of the early races there was a dead heat for second place
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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.


(dead-heat) [no object] Run or finish a race exactly level: he dead-heated at Aintree his riding of Marina Park to dead-heat with King’s Signet was inspired
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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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