tie·​break ˈtī-ˌbrāk How to pronounce tiebreak (audio)
plural tiebreaks
: an additional contest or period of play used to select a winner when a competition or part of a competition ends in a tie : tiebreaker
a tennis tiebreak

Examples of tiebreak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After blue-balling viewers, the men finally start playing solid tennis during the tiebreak. Tyler Foggatt, The New Yorker, 1 May 2024 The American team needed a decisive tiebreak in four of its five matches this week. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 31 Mar. 2024 Svitolina, who won the intense three-set match with an ace in the final-set tiebreak, refused to shake Azarenka’s hand post-match, something the world No. 76 player has been doing consistently given the ongoing war in her home country. Averi Kremposky, Peoplemag, 10 July 2023 In both of them, Djokovic established early leads but tightened up—the crowd support for Tsitsipas from Melbourne’s sizable Greek community seemed to get to him, especially in that first tiebreak—and let Tsitsipas back in. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, 29 Jan. 2023 See all Example Sentences for tiebreak 

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tiebreak was in 1970

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“Tiebreak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiebreak. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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