dead heat

noun

Definition of dead heat

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

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Examples of dead heat in a Sentence

the horses crossed the finish line in a dead heat
Recent Examples on the Web Polling conducted about a month ago showed Bass and Caruso in a dead heat well ahead of the rest of the pack, with 24% of likely voters backing Caruso and 23% supporting Bass. Los Angeles Times, 1 May 2022 The best picture Oscar race is in a dead heat, with any number of paths to victory. Clayton Davis, Variety, 3 Mar. 2022 Poll also shows that the Wisconsin Democratic Senate primary is now a dead heat. ... NBC News, 28 Apr. 2022 As recently as December, the race appeared to be a dead heat. Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2022 But Gold Derby, a website that sets Oscars odds, currently has the two films in a dead heat. Frank Pallotta, CNN, 26 Mar. 2022 Poll after poll showed Republican voters felt more enthusiastic about participating in this election than Democratic voters, and in the lead up to the election, Youngkin was able to turn the race into a dead heat. Quinn Scanlan, ABC News, 3 Nov. 2021 Combined, the three Democratic candidates and two Republicans finished in almost a dead heat, with the Republicans edging ahead by less than 100 votes. Edward Mckinley, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Oct. 2021 Polls show McAuliffe and Youngkin in a statistical dead heat. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dead heat

1796, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dead heat was in 1796

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16 May 2022

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“Dead heat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dead%20heat. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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