Definition of sudden death in English:

sudden death

noun

informal
  • [mass noun] A means of deciding the winner in a tied match, especially one in which the first side or player to concede a game, goal, or point during an additional period of play is the loser.

    [as modifier] ‘a sudden-death play-off’
    • ‘At the end of the regular Super League campaign, the top two teams will receive a bye, with three playing six and four meeting five in sudden-death contests.’
    • ‘The pair set off to the 18th tee for a sudden-death play-off where Immelman rifled his second shot into the green with deadly accuracy, leaving only six inches between him and the prestigious title.’
    • ‘This is especially true in the play-offs, when sudden-death overtime adds to the fatigue and makes this time of the year so special.’
    • ‘The only exception occurs in the final, when a tied bout will go to an extra, sudden-death round where the first score wins.’
    • ‘Canada's new national sports hero played the best golf of the week and deserved to win, which he eventually did in that sudden-death playoff, even with an over-anxious three-putt bogey.’
    • ‘If the two teams were tied after three games, a 30-minute sudden-death overtime and, if necessary, penalty kicks settled the score.’
    • ‘She won four tournaments - three of them in sudden-death play-offs - and was named freshman of the year, player of the year and a first-team All-American.’
    • ‘Last season he won the Yorkshire Amateur County Championship, beating England international Jonathan Lupton in a sudden-death play-off.’
    • ‘In other words, they're already living on the edge, just as they did in extending what seemed like an endless string of sudden-death games in September and October.’
    • ‘They had also survived a tense semi-final against Russia, Turnbull scoring a try in sudden-death extra-time.’
    • ‘The runners-up, and the best third placed team, will then play sudden-death play-off games to decide the three other clubs in the quarter-finals.’
    • ‘The Reds, who topped the National League One table, face rivals Leigh next week for a place in the Grand Final, but it is make-or-break time for Rochdale and Oldham as they face sudden-death matches.’
    • ‘We played in a cup game and we had a penalty and I missed - I couldn't believe it - but I stepped up in sudden-death penalties and scored.’
    • ‘Germany's Marcel Siem claimed his maiden Tour victory when he defeated Frenchmen Gregory Havret and Raphael Jacquelin in a sudden-death play-off.’
    • ‘The hockey game was a classic - the Flyers forced sudden-death overtime with their season on the line.’
    • ‘From now on in the World Cup, drawn games will go to penalties if sudden-death extra-time does not produce a golden goal.’
    • ‘Before a crowd of more than 61,000, professional football entered its first-ever sudden-death overtime period in a dramatic game between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Colts.’
    • ‘For the first time, an NFL championship game would be decided in sudden-death overtime.’
    • ‘The Mottram Hall tournament professional is making a habit of sudden-death showdowns over his home course and was starring defeat in the face when his Styal opponent missed a six footer to clinch the match on the penultimate hole.’
    • ‘For sudden-death play-offs in PGA Tour events, the competitors often are transported by cart to some hole out on the course.’

Pronunciation:

sudden death

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