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tiebreaker

[tahy-brey-ker] /ˈtaɪˌbreɪ kər/
noun
1.
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.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; tie + breaker1
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British Dictionary definitions for tie-breaker

tie-break

/ˈtaɪˌbreɪkə/
noun
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
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