Definition of dead heat in English:

dead heat

noun

  • A situation in which two or more competitors in a race are exactly level.

    ‘competition is always fierce, with a dead heat in one of the early races’
    ‘there was a dead heat for second place’
    • ‘I feel like a meanie singling out one film as the most outstanding for me this year, so I'll do the fairest thing possible and say it's a dead heat.’
    • ‘The battle at second base between incumbent Jose Vidro and newcomer Mickey Morandini is a dead heat so far.’
    • ‘In the event of a dead heat, I'll choose the person who sent in their entry earliest.’
    • ‘The idea is to give every horse in the race an equal chance of winning - a ‘perfect’ handicap would see a dead heat between all the horses in a race.’
    • ‘The race ended in a dead heat so the scullers had to re-row and Lyon lost by half a length.’
    • ‘He could do no better than a dead heat for fourth in the Derby, 9 ½ lengths behind Barbaro.’
    • ‘But after a 12-minute wait, the race was judged to be a dead heat.’
    • ‘The most recent poll, by the Pew Research Center, suggests that the race for the White House is once again a dead heat.’
    • ‘Warren Focke and Rob Wurgaft finished in a near dead heat with Warren just barely edging Rob for the bronze medal.’
    • ‘In the governor's race, it's a dead heat between Ehrlich and Townsend so far.’
    • ‘Coming out of the Democratic Convention, the race was a dead heat.’
    • ‘It was the closest finish to the race since the last dead heat as long ago as 1876.’
    • ‘Schumacher said immediately after the race that he was trying to engineer a dead heat between the two Ferraris.’
    • ‘More excitement followed in the same competition as Waterford ‘A’ and Clonmel rowed a dead heat.’
    • ‘Sumthinbad, a filly owned by Bone, also finished in a dead heat for second in the eighth race.’
    • ‘I don't know how long they looked at the tape before they declared it a dead heat, but it could not have been as long as it seemed.’
    • ‘The first race at Pioneer Park on Saturday resulted in a dead heat, showing springtime racing at its best.’
    • ‘The reporters, pundits and pollsters all agree: The presidential race is a dead heat.’
    • ‘There was an eight race programme, and the final race ended in a dead heat.’
    • ‘In the event of a dead heat, a draw will take place between the dead heat finalists after the race.’
    deadlock, stalemate, impasse, standstill, dead end, draw, tie, dead heat
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verb

  • [no object] Run or finish a race exactly level.

    ‘he dead-heated at Aintree’
    ‘his riding of Marina Park to dead-heat with King's Signet was inspired’
    • ‘Appropriately, he ran his first race at Aintree, aged 23 months, and dead-heated with a horse called Curlicue.’
    • ‘The seven-year-old dead-heated for first place with Seattle Alley in a similar race over this course and distance a fortnight ago.’
    • ‘Another result I remember is Drybob and Dawros dead-heating in the 1944 Irish Cambrdgeshire.’
    • ‘On Tuesday afternoon at Hamilton, considerable interest was evident in a sprinter called Flying Tackle, who had dead-heated at Newcastle the previous Friday.’
    • ‘Penn National Race Course made three superfecta payoffs on Saturday after three horses dead-heated for fourth place in the ninth race, a $3,500 claiming race for a $5,000 purse.’
    • ‘The Michael in question is Mike McFarlane, coach of Chambers and the sprinter who dead-heated with Wells in the 200m final of the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane 19 years ago.’
    • ‘The daughter of Honour and Glory dead-heated for the win with rival Lakeside Cup in the Ellis Park Debutante Stakes.’
    • ‘Appropriately, he ran his first race at Aintree, and dead-heated for first.’
    • ‘Where Or When and Firebreak dead-heated for fourth, but the former's trainer, Terry Mills, launched an objection.’
    • ‘John Quinn's Captain Venti, who dead-heated for first place with Style Dancer at Doncaster last Sunday, goes for his fourth win, in the Timmgrain Handicap.’
    • ‘More Than Ready was making his first in sprinting company since dead-heating for first in the Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park on January 29.’
    • ‘Riding ‘Hillmar’ which is owned by his father Patsy, he dead-heated with ‘Kiwi Wings’ which is owned by neighbouring trainer Mayne Kidd and was ridden by his daughter Jackie.’
    • ‘Nicholls’ only previous success in the highest grade had come when his Ya Malak dead-heated with Coastal Bluff in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York in 1997.’
    • ‘This has been a big year for Hayley Turner, who dead-heated with Saleem Golam in the apprentices' championship on turf.’
    • ‘As a kid, I watched Allan Wells and Mike McFarlane dead-heating in the 200m in Brisbane in 1982.’
    • ‘In his last start, Rumsonontheriver dead-heated with Hymn for first in the Hawthorne Derby, his first stakes triumph in a 19-race career.’
    • ‘Yonaguska won three of his first four starts, including victories in the Flash Stakes at Belmont Park and the Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, dead-heating for first with City Zip in the latter race.’
    • ‘At last month's Telstra Australian Short Course Championships the pair dead-heated twice in the finals of the 50m and 100m backstroke events.’
    • ‘The pair dead-heated for eighth place in the heats of the 100m freestyle, clocking a time of 55.61.’
    • ‘Group one winners Balmuse and Mi Jubilee dead-heated for the title and the result proved popular with the Wanganui racing fraternity.’

Pronunciation:

dead heat

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