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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Headed into election day, the polls are essentially in a dead heat between the three leading candidates and there’s a huge bloc of undecided voters. Tara Golshan, Vox, "There’s a governor’s race in the fastest-growing state in the country: Idaho.," 14 May 2018 By Jon Tayler Halfway through the season, the AL East is a dead heat. Staff,, "Nine Innings: Solving the Yankees' Sonny Gray Problem, AL East Deciding Factors and Our Favorite Statcast Quirks," 2 July 2018 Yet the exceedingly rare head-to-head matchups between the clubs have been a virtual dead heat. Scott Lauber,, "Should the Phillies be concerned about Jake Arrieta? | Extra Innings," 27 June 2018 An April 12-19 poll by the Nevada Independent and the Mellman Group, the most recent one available, showed Heller with support of 40 percent of likely voters and Rosen with 39 percent, a statistical dead heat. Fortune, "Trump Defends Immigration Policy on Nevada Trip," 23 June 2018 Yet polls show him in a dead heat with Mr. Anaya in regions, many in the north, that depend on the private sector and export manufacturing. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Two States of Mexico Reveal the Split Driving Sunday’s Presidential Election," 28 June 2018 Baker, who was in a statistical dead heat with Jealous in a June 5 Washington Post-University of Maryland poll, reported less than half that amount — $170,000 — in campaign accounts belonging to him and his running mate, Elizabeth Embry. Washington Post, "Hogan adds to cash advantage in latest filing period," 15 June 2018 Democrats Harley Rouda and Hans Kierstead are in a dead heat at 17 percent each. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "Here's what happened in the California primary election while you were sleeping," 6 June 2018 Four Democrats are in a dead heat: real estate investor Paul Kerr; Sara Jacobs, the CEO of a nonprofit who comes from a wealthy family; environmental lawyer Mike Levin; and retired Marine Col. Tara Golshan, Vox, "June 5 primary: live results for key races in California, New Jersey, South Dakota, New Mexico, Iowa, and Montana," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of dead heat

1796, in the meaning defined above

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9 Oct 2018

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The first known use of dead heat was in 1796

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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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