tie·​break·​er | \ ˈtī-ˌbrā-kər How to pronounce tiebreaker (audio) \

Definition of tiebreaker

: an additional contest or period of play used to select a winner when a competition ends in a tie

Examples of tiebreaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Late in the tiebreaker, Kyrgios came to the middle of the net, and gave Garin three short chances to put the ball past him. New York Times, 6 July 2022 The two-time Grand Slam champions eventually lost the second set in a tiebreaker, but rallied to win the match in five sets and advance to the men's semifinals. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 6 July 2022 In the tiebreaker, Binder got ahead early, but Semler was able to fight his way back. oregonlive, 21 May 2022 Reno lost a noncounty match in a tiebreaker to start the season but has been unbeatable since, going undefeated in county play. Anthony Maluso, Baltimore Sun, 16 May 2022 Trailing 0-6 in the first-set tiebreaker, Kyrgios was serving when the chair umpire assessed him a point penalty for an audible obscenity to a fan, giving Nadal the set. Beth Harris, ajc, 18 Mar. 2022 His nine races to Hamilton's eight gave him the tiebreaker in the event both drivers failed to finish Sunday's Abu Dhabi race. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 12 Dec. 2021 The Senate is split 50-50, but Democrats have a tiebreaker in Vice President Kamala Harris. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, 1 Apr. 2021 To make that happen, Democrats needed a net gain of four seats, or three if Biden wins and the vice president serves as a tiebreaker in the Senate. C.j. Sinner, Star Tribune, 4 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of tiebreaker

circa 1932, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tiebreaker was circa 1932

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“Tiebreaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiebreaker. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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