Definition of tiebreaker in English:


(also tiebreak)


  • A means of deciding a winner from competitors who have tied, in particular (in tennis) a special game to decide the winner of a set when the score is six games all.

    ‘a tiebreaker failed to split them’
    as modifier ‘a tiebreak question’
    • ‘He was declared the tournament winner on a tiebreak because he won more games with the black pieces.’
    • ‘Larsson threatened to bring off a king-size upset when he took the match into a fifth and deciding set after taking a fourth-set tiebreaker.’
    • ‘There also is a strong possibility the Raiders could miss the play-offs, because like the Patriots, they lose virtually all tiebreakers.’
    • ‘In the deciding tiebreaker, Rafter went ahead 6-2 on an ace, several service winners and a backhand, crosscourt winner.’
    • ‘The daylong quiz included visual clips, a rapid fire round and a tiebreaker to select the winner.’
    • ‘The Falcons would lose tiebreakers to NFC teams Dallas and Minnesota if the play offs began today.’
    • ‘Power was suffering pain in his left foot, which Lincou had trodden on early in the first game, but still managed to send the game into a tiebreak.’
    • ‘If Los Angeles wins, to split the season series, the Kings own the tiebreaker based on their superior division record.’
    • ‘At 30-30, there is a 19-stroke rally which is won by Robredo and he goes on to take the game and force the tiebreak.’
    • ‘All games were keenly contested and several matches were decided on tiebreakers.’
    • ‘Agassi had four set points in the tiebreaker, winning the only one on which he served.’
    • ‘If the late Jimmy van Alen hadn't invented tennis' tiebreaker in the 1960s, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi might still be playing.’
    • ‘A tiebreaker in the fifth game was an auspicious ending to the inaugural Howe Cup doubles championship.’
    • ‘Williams, bidding for her fifth Grand Slam title and her first since 2001, overcame five set points in the tiebreaker.’
    • ‘They played on to the tiebreak, where Agassi won on his second match point.’
    • ‘She retrieves the break only to go match point down in the tiebreaker when she makes a complete hash of a simple volley.’
    • ‘But the league should employ the same tiebreaker baseball does - a winner-goes-on game.’
    • ‘The 10th and final race, however, was the tiebreak decider, with the winner declared champion.’
    • ‘Their victory over the Patriots gives them the tiebreaker.’
    • ‘Scott wins the tiebreak with a score of 4-7 handing him the first set.’