a system for breaking a tie score at the end of regulation play by establishing a winner through special additional play, usually of a fairly short duration, as in tennis and soccer.
Also, tiebreak.

1960–65; tie + breaker1

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tie-break or tie-breaker (ˈtaɪˌbreɪkə)
1.  tennis a method of deciding quickly the result of a set drawn at six-all, usually involving the playing of one deciding game for the best of twelve points in which the service changes after odd-numbered points
2.  any contest or game played to decide a winner when contestants have tied scores
tie-breaker or tie-breaker

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