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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The Horse Racing Integrity Act would create a uniform national standard for drug restrictions, testing and enforcement at horse racing venues that now operate under varied and conflicting state regulations. Dennis Wagner, azcentral, "Sen. Martha McSally bill aimed at race horse deaths prompts debate over race horse 'doping'," 15 June 2019 If campaigns are ever to be more than mere horse races, with more than parimutuel punditry handicapping the personalities, then policy debates also need to be seized as educational opportunities. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Democrats Are Winning the Battle of Ideas, But Could Still Lose the War," 10 June 2019 Although horses may be the stars of the Kentucky Derby, hats take center stage at the 144-year old horse race in the American heartland. Luke Sharrett, National Geographic, "Why the Kentucky Derby is a 145-year-old celebration of hats," 2 May 2019 The real Rob Gronkowski owns a share in his horse racing namesake and was at the Belmont Stakes to watch the horse finish second at the Belmont Stakes. Jenna West,, "Gronkowski Owners Buy New Race Horse, Name Him 'LeBron J'," 3 July 2018 Phillips reportedly plans to propose his plan to cities worldwide, in the hopes of scheduling the first urban horse race for 2019. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth's Grandson, Peter Phillips, Wants to Organize a Horse Race Through London," 29 Nov. 2018 In 1990, at the Royal Ascot horse races, Diana made a skirt suit statement with a pink and purple Catherine Walker outfit. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Channeled Princess Diana in a Sleek Tuxedo Dress," 29 Aug. 2018 Photo: Martin Rickett/Zuma Press The club is sitting in sixth place in the Premier League and losing a three-horse race for a spot in the lucrative Champions League to Manchester United and Arsenal. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Chelsea May Have to Hit the Reset Button, Again," 22 Feb. 2019 Morning-line oddsmaker Mike Battaglia offers free picks and tips for Sunday's horse races at Keeneland. Mike Battaglia, The Courier-Journal, "Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia's free expert picks for Sunday's races at Keeneland," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of horse race

1954, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jun 2019

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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