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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And then there is Florida, home of two photo finishes in big Senate and governor’s races this year, both carried by Republicans with the narrowest of margins. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "How Democrats’ Rust Belt Success Alters 2020 Picture," 19 Nov. 2018 The placing judges, aware of who signed their pay checks (O’Hara), posted preliminary results as per usual after a photo finish the very next day. Richard E. Farley, Town & Country, "The Great American Racetrack War," 9 June 2017 Clinton actually won a photo finish in Senate District 24, with a 0.04-point advantage. Dylan Scott, Vox, "9 states where Democrats can win back legislative control from Republicans in 2018," 30 July 2018 But with the court system only slightly slower than the stewards evaluating a tight photo finish, it’s unlikely there will be any final resolution any time soon. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! CHRB ready to tackle Golden Gate issue," 12 July 2018 So when Steward Doorley confronted O’Hara about the photo finishes, few words got out before O’Hara slugged him unconscious. Richard E. Farley, Town & Country, "The Great American Racetrack War," 9 June 2017 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

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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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