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photo finish

noun

Simple Definition of photo finish

  • : a finish in a race in which the racers are so close that the judges have to look at a photograph of the racers crossing the finish line to see who has won

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of photo finish

  1. 1 :  a race or finish in which contestants are so close that a photograph of them as they cross the finish line has to be examined to determine the winner

  2. 2 :  a close contest

1936

First Known Use of photo finish

1936


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