Definition of tiebreaker
: an additional contest or period of play used to select a winner when a competition ends in a tie
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Whiteside has split his offseason between South Florida, various vacation spots and his native North Carolina, with the Heat missing the playoffs by a tiebreaker after finishing the season at 41-41.
Republicans hold a two-vote majority in the 100-member Senate (and Vice President Mike Pence would be the tiebreaker in the case of a 50-50 split), but passing AHCA might not be so easy.
After dropping the first set 6-1, Komis recovered and won via a super tiebreaker.
But if those elements were relatively even, a tiebreaker had to be fielding.
This one is the tiebreaker, after the Warriors won two years ago and the Cavaliers knocked off Golden State last June.
A series of holds sent the set into a tiebreaker, where Lee and Schaefer polished off a 6-2, 7-6 (5) victory over Walnut’s Tirakorn Nanayon and Matthew Mai.
Lake Central's No. 1 singles player won the opening set against Munster's Shalini Tallamraju in a tiebreaker before falling 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3 in Thursday's Highland Regional championship.
The winner of the three-game series wins the division title, since Houston would hold the tiebreaker (the season series between the teams) should the Astros win two of three and finish with the same record as St. Louis.
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Definition of tiebreaker for English Language Learners
: something (such as an extra period of play or an extra question) that is used to decide a winner when a game, contest, etc., has ended with a tied score
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