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English definition of “dead heat”

dead heat

noun [C]    
a competition in which two or more competitors finish at exactly the same time or with exactly the same result: The race ended in a dead heat. The opinion polls show the three election candidates in a dead heat (with each other).Scoring, winning and losing in sportWinning and defeatingLosing and being defeated
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