dead heat

noun

Definition of dead heat

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

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the horses crossed the finish line in a dead heat
Recent Examples on the Web In recent months that support has fallen to as low as 30%, putting the Liberals and Conservatives in roughly a dead heat. Washington Post, "How Justin Trudeau Imperiled His Own Re-Election," 20 Aug. 2019 The Yanks went into Saturday’s play in a dead heat with the Astros for best record in the American League (92-50). Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, "Random thoughts while waiting for Red Sox, MLB to get ratings shellacking," 8 Sep. 2019 Polls suggest Trudeau's Liberals and the opposition Conservatives are in a dead heat as Canadians prepare to go to the ballot box on Oct. 21. NBC News, "Canada's Trudeau fights for survival as election is called amid scandal," 12 Sep. 2019 In a dead heat or slightly behind in the polls against Benny Gantz, a centrist former army chief of staff, Netanyahu has tried mightily to shift the focus of the election from the corruption cases against him to his strong suit: national security. BostonGlobe.com, "JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said Tuesday that he would move swiftly to annex nearly a third of the occupied West Bank if voters returned him to power in the election next week, a change that would dramatically reshape the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.," 11 Sep. 2019 The most closely watched will be at punt returner, where incumbent Cyrus Jones (Gilman), now an important slot cornerback, and running back Tyler Ervin are in a dead heat. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Three last-minute Ravens roster questions ahead of preseason finale," 29 Aug. 2019 The Monmouth poll has Biden, Sanders and Warren in a dead heat nationally. oregonlive.com, "Are Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren really in a dead heat? It’s complicated," 27 Aug. 2019 Son of English Channel finished in a dead heat for the win in the 2018 Bowling Green, beating Sadler’s Joy. courant.com, "Clancy’s Call: Saratoga," 26 July 2019 But many organisers prefer a clear result to a dead heat. B.f., The Economist, "What is a tiebreak?," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of dead heat

1796, in the meaning defined above

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dead heat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dead heat

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

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