• Garrison finish
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  • \GA-ruh-sun-FIN-ish\
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noun

: a finish in which the winner comes from behind at the end
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In an amazing Garrison finish, the home team, down by two, scored three goals in the final minutes to win the soccer championship.

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Edward "Snapper" Garrison was a 19th-century American jockey known for his spectacular come-from-behind wins. During his 16-year riding career, he won nearly 700 races. By the time he rode Montana to a smash finish in the Suburban handicap in 1892 and rode Tammany to a breathtaking finish at New Jersey's Guttenberg track in 1893, his riding style had so captured the attention of the public that people had begun using the term "Garrison finish" for any victory in which the winner comes from behind. Garrison, who died in 1930 at age 62, was inducted into the National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame in 1955, the first year of inductions.

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