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.
Recent Examples on the Web So much for not covering elections like a horse race. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "NBC chartthrob Steve Kornacki is covering the Kentucky Derby. 5 more things he should do," 26 Apr. 2021 That's when the 147th Kentucky Derby is set to take place at Churchill Downs, with roughly 45,000 fans allowed to attend this year's Run for the Roses on May 1 under the attendance capacity limits approved for the famed horse race. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Rain didn’t dampen the energy as Kentucky Derby Festival's Pegasus Parade kicked off," 10 Apr. 2021 Once their differences had become public, however, Philip registered his disapproval of Diana by snubbing her at the Royal Ascot horse race. New York Times, "Prince Philip, Husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Is Dead at 99," 9 Apr. 2021 One year, a lady won big on a horse race and tweeted a picture of her winning slip in excitement. Jodie Cook, Forbes, "How Much Of Your Business Journey Should You Share Online?," 21 Apr. 2021 The controversial machines allow players to bet on a replay of a past horse race, disguising the identities of the racers so gamblers can’t know which horse won before placing their bets. oregonlive, "Return of horse racing makes for a crowded field in the contest for Oregon gambling dollar," 3 Apr. 2021 The first parade marched in 1956 to create a way for the community to celebrate before the historic horse race. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Derby Festival announces new date and 'touring' route for 2021 Pegasus Parade," 16 Mar. 2021 Amid all the fund-raising, the polling, the minute movements of the horse race enumerated in this book, people were dying. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "A Closely Reported Look at Joe Biden’s ‘Lucky’ Path to the White House," 2 Mar. 2021 According to a report of the call, Longoria said the alderman had been killed because unauthorized horse race betting was run out of his office. Mick Dumke, ProPublica, "“Power Companies Get Exactly What They Want”: How Texas Repeatedly Failed to Protect Its Power Grid Against Extreme Weather," 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of horse race

1954, in the meaning defined above

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6 May 2021

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“Horse race.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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
chiefly US : a close contest

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