photo finish

noun

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

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Frederico Pellegrino of Italy edged out Alexander Bolshunov, an Olympic athlete from Russia, in a photo finish to win silver. USA TODAY, "The Latest: Luge win keeps Germany atop gold medal standings," 12 Feb. 2018 There was a photo finish for first involving Fontana and Choi Min-jeong of South Korea. USA TODAY, "The Latest: Luge win keeps Germany atop gold medal standings," 12 Feb. 2018 Well, maybe that could have provided a photo finish. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 7 Days to Go - What if Ferenc Puskas Had Been Fully Fit?," 7 June 2018 This face-off eliminated the chance for the drama of a photo finish, but fans have to appreciate the genius behind outsmarting an opponent to take the checkered flag. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Breaking down the clever strategy that gave Martin Truex Jr. a win at Sonoma," 26 June 2018 CROSS-COUNTRY Klaebo won gold in the men's cross-country sprint, with Frederico Pellegrino of Italy getting the better of a photo finish to take silver ahead of Russian competitor Alexander Bolshunov. USA TODAY, "Kim dominates for 1st Olympic gold, Hirscher breaks through," 13 Feb. 2018 The trio was also involved in an at least 10-minute photo finish decision at Del Mar in November of last year. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Los Alamitos puts its first day of the meeting in the books," 29 June 2018 Ellis ran down Mitchell in the last meter and won with a photo finish. Jenna West, SI.com, "Watch: USC Wins Women's Track Title With Insane 4x400 Meter Relay Comeback," 9 June 2018 As Affirmed and Alydar battled it down to a nail-biting photo finish, the 18-year-old Cauthen kept his cool like a seasoned pro and decided the time had come to see how Affirmed would respond to a left-handed stick. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Affirmed comes in at No. 5 in Triple Crown poll," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of photo finish

1935, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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photo finish

noun

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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