tie·​break·​er | \ˈtī-ˌbrā-kər \

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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Many of the best points came in the tiebreaker, including a 23-shot rally that Nadal finished off with a forehand half-volley drop shot to set up his first set point. Mattias Karen, chicagotribune.com, "Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal to finish their Wimbledon semifinal Saturday," 13 July 2018 Anderson served for the third at 5-3, got broken, then had a pair of set points in that tiebreaker, double-faulting one away. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Kevin Anderson outlasts John Isner in second-longest match in Wimbledon history," 13 July 2018 The two returned today, and the Argentine needed a tiebreaker (and five match points) but eventually closed out the match 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5). Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Five Thoughts From Four Women's Quarterfinals at Wimbledon," 10 July 2018 Hannah Bjorkman and Kristin Butler won the girls doubles bracket, defeating twin sisters Devon and Taylor Yagmaie of Stamford 6-4, 0-6, 7-6 (10-8 tiebreaker). Joe Burns, courant.com, "Somers Rallies Against Eagles, Chance for Three-Peat In Class S," 6 June 2018 Had the teams finished with the same number of points, Kalamazoo had the tiebreaker (most wins, minus shootout victories). Lewis Bagley, Indianapolis Star, "Indy Fuel earn their first ECHL playoff berth in 4th season," 8 Apr. 2018 Clint Laye also scored 86 points on Unfortunate Karma to advance with Feild, who won the round on a tiebreaker. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "Saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston advances to RodeoHouston finals," 16 Mar. 2018 Senegal became the first team to ever be eliminated from the World Cup on the fair play tiebreaker rule after the team lost to Colombia 1–0 on Thursday. SI.com, "Senegal Eliminated From World Cup, Loses Fair Play Tiebreaker to Japan," 28 June 2018 Utah, Minnesota and Denver would all beat New Orleans in tiebreaker scenarios. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "Pelicans are in the playoffs: Here's everything you need to know," 10 Apr. 2018

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circa 1932, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tiebreaker

: 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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