Definition of photo finish in US English:

photo finish


  • A close finish of a race in which the winner is identifiable only from a photograph taken as the competitors cross the finish line.

    • ‘In my last stint, we got six seconds ahead, but then we slowed for a photo finish with the sister car.’
    • ‘However, after close scrutiny of the photo finish, the race was awarded to the American.’
    • ‘One of the highlights of the weekend for Flynn came in the 3,000m race, where a spectacular photo finish between Maria McCambridge and Karen Reid thrilled the sizeable crowd.’
    • ‘Following the photo finish, there was an anxious wait before the scoreboard flashed up confirmation of Britain's dramatic win.’
    • ‘A sprint to the line ended in a photo finish between Great Britain, Germany and Cuba.’
    • ‘Day four of racing had opened with a photo finish and as only four spots were available to move onto the final, results were critical.’
    • ‘I knew I had made a mistake but was hoping against hope as I waited for the official photo finish.’
    • ‘Diatribe, winner of the Caulfield Cup last week, was second in a photo finish with Referral, a nose back in third.’
    • ‘We had a four-way photo finish in the third race, which is very unusual.’
    • ‘A photo finish at the line gave Russia the upper hand followed by Poland and Germany's number three crew.’
    • ‘It was the tightest photo finish I have ever seen.’
    • ‘But the pack closed in and in a photo finish Smirk, priced at 12-1, beat fast-finishing Atlantic Ace by a head.’
    • ‘Stephen Byrne was the only rider who got close to Dolan over the line and indeed a photo finish was needed to separate the two.’
    • ‘They won the games in a photo finish, pulling ahead of the previous year's winners with a gutsy last-ditch surge.’
    • ‘In the end, the photo finish revealed a dead-heat between big Thomas and his teammate Estil.’
    • ‘His best season was 1959, when he beat Johnny Beauchamp at Daytona in a photo finish; the winner wasn't decided for three days.’
    • ‘It was really good fun and to come down to a photo finish is amazing.’
    • ‘One race demanded a photo finish, though the dismounting event's organizer Myles just said, ‘He got it,’ when asked what happened.’
    • ‘Why they'll finish second: They just don't have enough strength in the trenches to overtake the Eagles, although no one would be surprised if the two-horse race ended in a photo finish.’
    • ‘USA attacked back and in a photo finish Austria crossed the line a mere eleven hundredth of a second ahead of the Americans.’


photo finish

/ˈˌfōdō ˈfiniSH//ˈˌfoʊdoʊ ˈfɪnɪʃ/