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

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In women’s doubles, Martinez Sanchez and Kirsten Flipkens beat Klepac and Gibbs 5-4 (5-1 in the tiebreaker). Matt Szabo, Daily Pilot, "Orange County Breakers can’t close out match against New York Empire," 24 July 2019 From holding off two match points from Federer to forcing the tournament’s first 12-12 fifth-set tiebreaker, Djokovic was pushed to his max in order to capture his second straight Wimbledon title. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Novak Djokovic ate grass to celebrate his marathon Wimbledon championship," 14 July 2019 His epic five-set tiebreaker loss to Djokovic in the Wimbledon final this month will sting, but the performance also encapsulates Federer's redefining of an age barrier in the sport. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Top 16 athletes over 35 of all-time: From Tom Brady to Serena Williams to Gordie Howe," 17 July 2019 If more than 20 candidates meet either the polling or the donor threshold, a tiebreaker kicks in. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The roster for the second Democratic debate will be determined this week," 15 July 2019 Barbers Hill and Crosby finished tied for fourth place at 4-3, but Santa Fe had the head-to-head tiebreaker advantage, giving the Indians the final playoff spot. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Football: Dave Campbell’s magazine projects Crosby, Huffman to make playoffs," 11 July 2019 However, while wild cards should no longer exist, the league can still get its fill of hot play-in action with tiebreaker games. Gary Gramling, SI.com, "Death to the NFL Wild Cards," 9 June 2019 Only one of the teams could advance — Colombia topped the group — putting FIFA’s byzantine tiebreaker rules into play. Sean Gregory, Time, "32 Teams Entered, 16 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Knockout Stage," 29 June 2018 The team closed out the group stage with a 1–0 loss to Brazil but still topped the group thanks to a three-way tiebreaker. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Italy vs. China Live Stream, TV Channel: Watch Women's World Cup," 25 June 2019

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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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