Share this entry

photo finish Syllabification: pho·to fin·ish

Definition of photo finish in English:


A close finish of a race in which the winner is identifiable only from a photograph taken as the competitors cross the finish line.
Example sentences
  • However, after close scrutiny of the photo finish, the race was awarded to the American.
  • USA attacked back and in a photo finish Austria crossed the line a mere eleven hundredth of a second ahead of the Americans.
  • Why they'll finish second: They just don't have enough strength in the trenches to overtake the Eagles, although no one would be surprised if the two-horse race ended in a photo finish.

Definition of photo finish in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day fortissimo
Pronunciation: fôrˈtisəˌmō
(especially as a direction) very loud or loudly