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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The chief justice of the state Supreme Court would have continued to name a tiebreaker. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "New Jersey Gov. Murphy Calls for Expanding Voter Access," 19 Dec. 2018 If past games matter, perhaps tiebreakers should be decided by the number of shots on goal. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "World Cup’s fresh theme: what might have been," 28 June 2018 Loyola would earn the top seed and the right to host the tournament semifinals and final courtesy of a head-to-head tiebreaker as a result of a 15-9 victory over the Midshipmen on March 17. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Loyola, Boston U. men’s lacrosse in control of different paths to Patriot League tournament," 15 Apr. 2018 The loser then travels to St. Louis for a second tiebreaker game. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "A Wild, Final Weekend to Clear Up the NL Playoff Picture," 28 Sep. 2018 New York holds the tiebreaker to host the Oct. 3 game; the wild-card winner advances to the Division Series against AL East champion Boston. Doug Miller, Fox News, "Olson's slam helps A's beat Mariners 9-3, close on Yankees," 27 Sep. 2018 Getty Images The Senate passed a measure today that will allow states to block federal grants for family planning centers, like Planned Parenthood, with Mike Pence casting the tiebreaker vote. Erica Pishdadian, Marie Claire, "Mike Pence Casts Tiebreaker Vote Allowing States to Defund Planned Parenthood," 30 Mar. 2017 If Flake withheld his vote on the floor, Republicans would also likely have to use Vice President Mike Pence as a tiebreaker as judicial nominees come up for consideration. Li Zhou, Vox, "Jeff Flake says he’ll block judicial nominees until Mueller protection bill gets a vote," 15 Nov. 2018 But what England really will remember is 4-3–the score of the tiebreaker. Brian Straus, SI.com, "England's Belief Manifests Itself in Elusive Penalty Triumph, World Cup Progression," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of tiebreaker

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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