photo finish

noun
Updated on: 10 May 2018

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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First Known Use of photo finish

1935

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PHOTO FINISH Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of photo finish for English Language Learners

  • : 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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