dead heat


Definition of dead heat

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

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Synonyms for dead heat


draw, stalemate, standoff, tie

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Examples of dead heat in a Sentence

the horses crossed the finish line in a dead heat

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Faso and Tenney in contests that were shown to be dead heats heading into election night. WSJ, "New York Gov. Cuomo Easily Wins Re-Election," 6 Nov. 2018 Polls over the past month have shown the race between Walker and Evers, a low-key career educator, to be a dead heat in Wisconsin, which is closely divided between Republicans and Democrats. Scott Bauer, The Seattle Times, "Wisconsin’s Walker tries to alter conversation amid bad news," 10 Sep. 2018 Those fundraising numbers represent a virtual dead heat. Sean Robinson, The Seattle Times, "Superheated race for Pierce County prosecutor, pitting boss against former chief deputy, is most expensive county-level contest in state," 5 Aug. 2018 Undecided voters could play a major role in Nevada come November as the race for U.S. Senate and governor are locked in a virtual dead heat. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "No, free market conservatives are not becoming Dems," 31 July 2018 Incumbent Republican Dean Heller is running against Democrat Jacky Rosen, a U.S. Representative—likewise dead heat on a merry-go-round. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Midterm Elections Are Almost Here—What You Need to Know Now," 5 Nov. 2018 A week after a vote approaching a dead heat, a close ally ousted a sitting GOP governor in Kansas. Lisa Lerer, The Seattle Times, "Primary night takeaways: Diverse Democrats and Trump wins," 14 Aug. 2018 So far, polling has the race in a dead heat, and Trump campaigned for Balderson in the days before the special election, a sign of GOP concerns about the race. Li Zhou, Vox, "August 7 primary: live results for Ohio, Michigan, Kansas, Missouri, and Washington," 7 Aug. 2018 The dueling visits seem sure to fire up the progressive and conservative bases of each party, in a race that recent public polling shows locked in a dead heat. Ben Nadler, The Seattle Times, "National heavyweights drop in on Georgia governor’s race," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of dead heat

1796, in the meaning defined above

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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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