horse race

noun

: 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.

Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of horse race was in 1954

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“Horse race.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horse%20race. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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