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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The park's clubhouse will remain open despite the flooding, meaning simulcast wagering and historical horse racing gaming will still be available. Robert Rimpson, The Courier-Journal, "Ellis Park cancels Friday's card due to flooding, racing resumes Saturday," 23 Aug. 2019 In East Boston, the redevelopment of the Suffolk Downs horse racing track will include a massive resculpting of the landscape, to redirect, absorb, and store floodwaters, using open space and other techniques. Anthony Flint, BostonGlobe.com, "Tired of waiting for national push, a buzzing hive of climate resilience innovators is at work in Boston," 8 Aug. 2019 Thankfully, despite the fact that our prehistoric friends went extinct 65 million years ago, one horse racing track has brought back the ever-popular (and generally terrifying) Tyrannosaurus rex in its own way for a bit of racing fun. Raisa Bruner, Time, "T-Rex 'Dinosaurs' Race Down on a Horse Track As Fast as Their Inflatable Costume Legs Can Carry Them," 9 July 2019 That also means that the candidates will begin to deal more regularly with the unfortunate realities of active campaigning: Inane questions, horse race coverage, and an overwhelming focus on the superficial over the substantive. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Give Democrats a Chance to Get Serious in Their First Debates," 26 June 2019 Several members of the royal family joined Queen Elizabeth for the first day of the iconic five-day horse race event on Tuesday, including Kate, Prince William, Prince Charles, and Camilla. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Just Cuddled Up Under an Umbrella — Just Like Meghan and Harry!," 18 June 2019 The Emprise reference was to the Emprise Corp., which has been reorganized as Ramcorp Metal Inc., and which owns with the Funk family of Phoenix all of the dog racing tracks in Arizona and the Prescott Downs horse racing track. AZCentral.com, "Don Bolles loses fight for life: Remembering the reporter with his 1976 obituary," 13 June 2019 The bill also includes authorization for a Chicago casino, slot machines at the city's two airports as well as the expansion of the state's existing casinos and horse race tracks. Keith Schubert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "On your next trip to Wrigley or Soldier Field, you may be able to take your fandom to a new level by betting against the Cubs or Bears," 4 June 2019 This looks to be a two-horse race between Park Vista and Santaluces. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Projecting how Palm Beach teams will fare this season -- district-by-district for Classes 8A-5A; by region for 4A-1A," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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