tie·​break | \ ˈtī-ˌbrāk How to pronounce tiebreak (audio) \

Definition of tiebreak

: tiebreaker a tennis tiebreak

Examples of tiebreak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Williams built a 5-3 lead in the second, prior to another wobble. After Sakkari clinched the second-set tiebreak, Williams -- who received a time violation warning in the first -- gently flung her racket over her shoulder. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "'It's like dating a guy that you know sucks,' says Serena Williams after loss," 26 Aug. 2020 Kostyuk, her spirits uplifted, started drilling her returns and broke Osaka for the first time to go up 4-3, and wound up forcing a tiebreak. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, "Naomi Osaka survives upset bid in three sets, advances to round of 16," 4 Sep. 2020 That included Wimbledon's first ever 12-12 tiebreak in a finale. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Djokovic rallies at US Open to stay unbeaten, despite rare tiebreak blip," 2 Sep. 2020 The tiebreak, too, was a seesaw of astonishing bravery and nervy misses. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Without Fans, the Drama of the U.S. Open Came from Within," 14 Sep. 2020 Thiem somehow prevailed in the four-hour classic despite appearing to suffer from leg cramps in the tiebreak. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Dominic Thiem beats Alexander Zverev in five sets at US Open for first Grand Slam title," 14 Sep. 2020 The American stepped it up in the final tiebreak to deprive the left-hander of what would have been a huge moment after heartbreak earlier in her career. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Serena Williams' back to the '80s moment," 25 Aug. 2020 Neergaard-Petersen and his opponent Ricky Castillo went to a tiebreak and both continued to play well off the tee and on the fairway. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "Pierceson Coody wins 2020 Western Amateur Championship by solving universal issues with putting," 1 Aug. 2020 In a potential tiebreak situation for playoff seeding, the Rockets wouldn’t have the advantage. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nikola Jokic’s triple-double, Jerami Grant’s season-high boost Nuggets over Rockets," 26 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of tiebreak

1970, in the meaning defined above

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24 Oct 2020

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“Tiebreak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiebreak. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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