Definition of tiebreaker
: an additional contest or period of play used to select a winner when a competition ends in a tie
Recent Examples of tiebreaker from the Web
Rivalries matter, especially in the division tiebreakers that seem to constantly be in play in the AFC North.
The Heat are coming off a 41-41 season that left them a tiebreaker shy of the playoffs.
The top three boats all finished with seven points and Horowitz won the tiebreaker by having the most first-place finishes.
When Wednesday’s humiliating tiebreaker ended, a dejected Nishikori took out his aggression on his racket by hurling it down.
Whiteside has split his offseason between South Florida, various vacation spots and his native North Carolina, with the Heat missing the playoffs by a tiebreaker after finishing the season at 41-41.
Republicans hold a two-vote majority in the 100-member Senate (and Vice President Mike Pence would be the tiebreaker in the case of a 50-50 split), but passing AHCA might not be so easy.
After dropping the first set 6-1, Komis recovered and won via a super tiebreaker.
But if those elements were relatively even, a tiebreaker had to be fielding.
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Definition of tiebreaker for English Language Learners
: 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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