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 Helping to save the horse racing industry was so important that when legislators came up with the law to approve casinos, it was written into the name. USA TODAY, "Eel-powered tree, skateboard safety, red light on herring: News from around our 50 states," 5 Dec. 2019 Several years ago, Catalyst licensed Firdapse from a company called BioMarin Pharmaceutical (BMRN) and began what became a yearslong horse race to win FDA approval. Ed Silverman, STAT, "A drug maker courted controversy when it shut out a family-run rival. Now some patients say the medicine isn’t working," 15 Nov. 2019 The monarch also attends the Windsor Horse Show annually and is known to get rather spirited when watching horse races like Royal Ascot. Stephanie Petit,, "Still Riding at 93! Queen Elizabeth Heads Out on Horseback After Remembrance Weekend," 12 Nov. 2019 Animal welfare in the wider Australian horse racing industry has recently come under fresh scrutiny. Helen Regan, CNN, "Melbourne Cup: Vow and Declare wins Australia's most prestigious horse race," 5 Nov. 2019 The horse racing industry is interested as well, according to representatives of Golden Gate Fields in Albany. Michael Cabanatuan,, "Sports betting slow in coming to California: Here’s what it might look like," 21 Oct. 2019 Racing Board members expressed enthusiasm for the prospect of having a new track to help prop up the lagging horse racing industry. David Heinzmann,, "Pritzker halts sale of land for Tinley Park horse track casino after Tribune investigation," 16 Oct. 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Much recent attention has been focused on horse deaths in the horse racing industry, but the sport is also dangerous for humans: jockeys have one of the highest fatality rates of any occupation. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: What will become of San Francisco’s controversial George Washington mural?," 13 Aug. 2019 But horse race deaths in the United States are two to three times higher than in Europe, where there are tighter controls on race-day medications and where training and the tracks themselves are different. CBS News, "Horse racing reaches critical moment after rash of deaths," 30 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of horse race

1954, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jan 2020

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“Horse race.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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