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 The results proved to be a photo finish for all seven elementary schools in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District, whose parent-teacher associations will each receive about $1,500 in race proceeds, which totaled about $10,000. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 18 May 2022 Kingston clinched the 100m crown in a dramatic photo finish, clocking in at 10.53 seconds just ahead of Hagen and BYU target Smith Snowden of Skyridge. The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 May 2022 Miami Columbus edged the ‘Noles by two hundredths of a second in a photo finish. Buddy Collings, Orlando Sentinel, 15 May 2022 Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon is causing ‘havoc and mayhem,’ and the recall effort will be a 'photo finish,' deputy DA says. Fox News, 29 Apr. 2022 Marche Lorraine edged Dunbar Road by a nose, with the crowd anxiously waiting out the photo finish in the Distaff. Beth Harris, ajc, 6 Nov. 2021 But in a photo finish, Mantia, the faster sprinter of the two men, was expected to have the edge. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2022 Alessandro Haemmerle of Austria held off Eliot Grondin of Canada in a photo finish to win the men’s snowboardcross at Genting Snow Park. San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Feb. 2022 But in the slower, more technical sections that remain, the Honda whittles away at that lead, reeling the Ford in for a photo finish. Car and Driver, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of photo finish

1935, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jun 2022

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“Photo finish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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