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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Public polling shows the race in a statistical dead heat. Ben Nadler, The Seattle Times, "Claims of voter suppression and ‘illegals’ in Georgia," 16 Oct. 2018 So far, polling had the race in a dead heat, and Donald Trump was campaigning for Balderson the weekend before the special election, in a sign of GOP concerns about the race. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Live results for the Ohio 12th special election," 7 Aug. 2018 The cabinet changes also mark an effort by Mr. Trudeau to prepare for an election in just over a year, with polls showing the governing Liberals and the Conservative Party in a statistical dead heat. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Canada’s Trudeau Shuffles Cabinet Over Trade Concerns," 18 July 2018 The 39-year-old African-American mayor of Tallahassee is in a dead heat with white 40-year-old pro-Trump Republican Ron DeSantis. Laura Mcgann, Vox, "Gillum 2020?," 7 Nov. 2018 But polls put nearly all of them in a dead heat with their Republican challengers. Randy Yeip, WSJ, "Red-State Blues: Senators Running Behind Enemy Lines," 25 Oct. 2018 First post is at 12:45 p.m. 1st race ALTITO looked very sharp in his dead heat win last out and is capable of making it two in a row Saturday. Mike Battaglia, The Courier-Journal, "Mike Battaglia's free expert picks for Saturday at Churchill Downs," 25 May 2018 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

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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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