photo finish


Definition of photo finish

1 : a race or finish in which contestants are so close that a photograph of them as they cross the finish line has to be examined to determine the winner
2 : a close contest

Examples of photo finish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That is a testament to a field with an unusual degree of political firepower, capped by a photo finish at the end., "he closest Boston City Council election imaginable," 16 Dec. 2019 Lucas Penaloza won the 2-mile race with a time of 12:16.80, barely edging out teammate Jeffrey Belizaire, who finished with the same time in a photo finish. Gary Curreri,, "Forest Glen Middle School finishes third in boys’ cross country race," 5 Dec. 2019 Disputed finish This year's race ended in dramatic fashion following a dispute over the second and third spots resulting in a change in order after an initial photo finish. Helen Regan, CNN, "Melbourne Cup: Vow and Declare wins Australia's most prestigious horse race," 5 Nov. 2019 On the last two days, was there a single event that didn’t feature either a world record or a photo finish? Wired, "These Astounding Performances Made Track's Top Event a Hit," 8 Oct. 2019 Moreover, after July’s photo finish between the Stones and P!nk, the band’s August intake is more than double that of Ed Sheeran at No. Eric Frankenberg, Billboard, "The Rolling Stones' No Filter Tour Grosses $95 Million in Single Month: August Boxscore Recap," 19 Sep. 2019 The setting is much better for a photo finish, and runners were close to the after-race party that featured food vendors and a band. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chin Up: There's plenty to like about Al's Run, and more than most for these five rookies," 14 Sep. 2019 Despite the president's Twitter victory lap, Tuesday's photo finish illustrates that the political environment hasn't gotten much better for Republicans since the 2018 midterms. David Wasserman, NBC News, "Five takeaways from Republicans' narrow escape in North Carolina's 9th District," 11 Sep. 2019 In the men’s race, New Zealand’s Nick Willis won his fifth title in a photo finish with Great Britain’s Chris O’Hare. Anchorage Daily News, "Allie Ostrander registers a PR with 16th-place finish in 5th Avenue Mile," 8 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of photo finish

1935, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Dec 2019

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“Photo finish.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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photo finish


English Language Learners Definition of photo finish

: a finish in a race in which the racers are so close that the judges have to look at a photograph of the racers crossing the finish line to see who has won

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