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dead heat

noun
1.
a race in which two or more competitors finish in a tie.
2.
the result of such a race; tie.
Origin of dead heat
1790-1800
1790-1800
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  • Picture the feelings of the crowd when Casey merged the judge into the editor and kept declaring race after race a dead heat.

  • Remus is a sharper, Remus is a cheat, Remus collared my side, And made it a dead heat.

    Boycotted Talbot Baines Reed
  • Bromham Rhodes ran his friend so close that it was practically a dead heat.

    A Man of Means P. G. Wodehouse and C. H. Bovill
  • I ought to have got it from Smythe, of the School-house; but all I could do was to dead heat his time.

    The Master of the Shell Talbot Baines Reed
  • It seemed a dead heat; but, immediately after, the news spread that Hyde's horse was the winner.

British Dictionary definitions for dead heat

dead heat

noun
1.
  1. a race or contest in which two or more participants tie for first place
  2. a tie between two or more contestants in any position
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Slang definitions & phrases for dead heat

dead heat

noun phrase

A tied race, contest, etc: The election ended in a dead heat

[1796+ Horse racing; fr dead, ''absolute, total, thorough,'' related to the finality of death, and heat, ''a single course of a race,'' related either to a single firing or heating of a mass of metal, or to the heating of the body in running, or to both]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with dead heat

dead heat

A contest in which the competitors are equally matched and neither can win; a tie. For example, The two companies are in a dead heat to get a new personal computer on the market. This term comes from 18th-century British horse racing and is still part of racing terminology. It later was transferred to other kinds of competition.
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