horse race


Definition of horse race 

: a close contest (as in politics)

Examples of horse race in a Sentence

The election is sure to become a horse race by early summer.

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This year’s Royal Ascot — the annual horse race that always has at least one day dedicated to fancy people wearing extravagant hats — did not disappoint. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "The Most Ridiculous Hats From the Royal Ascot Horse Race," 19 June 2018 Some events such as the Royal Ascot horse race have a ban on fascinators, which are technically not hats. Karen Yossman,, "From the Met Gala to Saturday's royal wedding, high-profile headgear is moving back to center stage," 18 May 2018 The original list was spurred by American Pharoah becoming horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. Christopher L. Gasper,, "The Lions in the Super Bowl, a .400 hitter in a season, and other sports dreams I’d like to see become reality," 14 July 2018 While working at a horse racing event at Chepstow Racecourse in England, TV reporter Moore saw a horse named Give Em a Clump had unseated its rider and eluded stewards for 4 miles, according to the BBC. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "TV reporter catches runaway racehorse – and she uses just one hand | The Kansas City Star," 23 May 2018 The state's horse racing industry also gets a percentage. Randall Chase, Houston Chronicle, "Delaware casinos to begin sports betting next week," 31 May 2018 Drazin says the ruling could help the state's struggling horse racing industry. CBS News, "MLB, NFL, NBA react to Supreme Court decision on sports gambling," 14 May 2018 Last year, Pennsylvania gave $239 million in subsidies to the horse racing industry — that’s more state money than the Health or Agriculture Departments get. Aubrey Nagle,, "Kapler booed at Phillies home opener, Villanova champs join parade, bike lane debate continues | Morning Newsletter," 6 Apr. 2018 Napoli pushed Juventus closest for the title last year in what was for months a two-horse race but ended up finishing four points behind. Daniella Matar,, "Juventus sees Cristiano Ronaldo as key to Champions League dream," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of horse race

1954, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of horse race

: an event in which horses race and people bet on which horse will win

: a close contest

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