Meaning of “dead heat” in the English Dictionary

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"dead heat" in British English

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dead heatnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌded ˈhiːt/ us /ˌded ˈhiːt/

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).

(Definition of “dead heat” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dead heat" in American English

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dead heatnoun [ C ]

/ˈded ˈhit/

a race in which two or more competitors finish at exactly the same time:

The two horses finished in a dead heat.
fig. Opinion pollsters call the Congressional race a dead heat, saying it is too close to call.

(Definition of “dead heat” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)