dead heat

noun
|Updated on: 17 Jul 2018

Definition of dead heat

: a tie with no single winner of a race; broadly : tie

Examples of dead heat in a Sentence

  1. the horses crossed the finish line in a dead heat

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First Known Use of dead heat

1796

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DEAD HEAT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of dead heat for English Language Learners

  • : a contest in which two or more competitors earn the same score or finish at the same time



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