Definition of breast the tape in English:

breast the tape


  • Win a race.

    • ‘After only 10 overs, the pair had rattled up 85 before taking a more cautious approach and they eventually breasted the tape in the 16th.’
    • ‘I am also 73, and I can tell him that if he has never had the thrill of scoring a try, hitting a six or breasting the tape at the end of a 100-yard dash, then he has definitely missed out.’
    • ‘The winner is expected to breast the tape shortly after 7.40 am.’
    • ‘Well, our most distant ancestors only make an appearance in the last split-second of the race, just as the exhausted winner breasts the tape.’
    • ‘She breasts the tape in a world record time to top off a memorable year.’