close/tight finish


: an end of a race or contest in which the winner is ahead by a very small amount
The race had a close/tight finish.

Examples of close/tight finish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a close finish, Mystik Dan won the Kentucky Derby by a mere horse's nostril over Sierra Leone. Emma Bowman, NPR, 4 May 2024 Less than half of students at schools that close finish their degree, according to a 2020 study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Ira Porter, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Jan. 2024 It’s taken 36 weeks (including 10 weeks in the top 10) for Stick Season (via Republic Records) to complete its first stint atop the Official U.K. Albums Chart, doing so in a tight finish. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 19 Feb. 2024 In 2012, a close finish on the Republican side meant that Mitt Romney was widely reported the winner, robbing Rick Santorum of the benefits of his victory. Dan McLaughlin, National Review, 16 Jan. 2024 At Sunday's game, Swift linked up with Travis' mom Donna Kelce, and the Chiefs defeated the Jets 23-20 in a close finish. Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 3 Oct. 2023 Hwang stuck his skate in front at the tight finish of the 10-man final Wednesday night at the Capital Indoor Stadium. Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2022 The latest polling averages show Macron 10 percentage points ahead of Le Pen, gaining some momentum after a tight finish in the first round of the election two weeks ago. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 Hwang stuck his skate in front at the tight finish of the 10-man final at the Capital Indoor Stadium. San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Feb. 2022

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Dictionary Entries Near close/tight finish

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close/tight finish

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“Close/tight finish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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