horse race

noun

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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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 Arsenal are set to be involved in a three horse race to sign Porto full back and Mexico international Miguel Layun. SI.com, "Arsenal Facing Competition From European Giants for Mexico Defender Miguel Layun," 28 June 2018 Neither rain nor snow nor that other stuff can stop Larry Collmus from calling a horse race — though fog, like that which shrouded last month’s Preakness, comes close. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "Triple Crown race-caller Larry Collmus, of Howard County, doesn't let the weather get in his way," 4 June 2018 The Reds were going to make this Premier League season a two-horse race. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Premier League Was Supposed to be a Two-Team Race. But Chelsea Keeps Hanging Around.," 19 Oct. 2018 Photo: str/epa-efe/rex/Shutterstock The assault shattered what is normally a festive time in Melbourne, which on Tuesday hosted the Melbourne Cup, a horse race so popular there is a public holiday in the city on the day it is held each year. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Melbourne Attacker Was Inspired by ISIS, Police Say," 9 Nov. 2018 Today marked day one of Royal Ascot 2018, a five-day horse race attended by members of the royal family—including the Queen—every year. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Duchess of Cambridge Skipped Today's Royal Ascot for an Understandable Reason," 19 June 2018 Of course, if said horse race looped around some of London's largest landmarks, the audience would likely increase manifold—whether by choice or by accident. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth's Grandson, Peter Phillips, Wants to Organize a Horse Race Through London," 29 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of horse race

1954, in the meaning defined above

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horse race

noun

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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