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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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 Candidates shouldn’t allow an internal horse race to undermine their relationships with colleagues. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "When Winner-Take-All Battles Backfire at Work," 17 Oct. 2018 In Illinois, the amount bet on horse races plummeted 40 percent between 2006 and 2016 and dropped from a peak of $1.2 billion in 1990 to less than half of that last year, according to a state report. Robert Mccoppin,, "Betting on past horse races? Tracks seek OK to take wagers on 'historical horse racing'," 26 June 2018 Photographing a horse race carries its own share of unpredictability. Michael Clevenger, The Courier-Journal, "Courier Journal photographer gambled on Triple Crown shots – and won," 15 June 2018 In a span of only four years, La Cañada Flintridge trainer Bob Baffert has turned the horse racing world on its head. Andrew J. Campa,, "Lucky 13th Triple Crown had by Baffert's Justify," 10 June 2018 The journey of another superhorse to the Belmont makes the horse racing world plenty happy, even if there isn’t the same buzz about ending the Triple Crown drought that followed American Pharoah’s run. Washington Post, "Baffert sees parallels between Justify and American Pharoah," 4 June 2018 The terminals randomly choose from thousands of past horse races and offer bets on each race along with odds and past performance information on each horse. Robert Mccoppin,, "Betting on past horse races? Tracks seek OK to take wagers on 'historical horse racing'," 26 June 2018 At other horse races in the U.K., Ladies' Days are synonymous with fashion competitions. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "Here's Why Day Three of the Royal Ascot Is Called Ladies’ Day," 21 June 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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