Meaning of “sudden death” in the English Dictionary

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"sudden death" in British English

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sudden deathnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌsʌd.ən ˈdeθ/ us /ˌsʌd.ən ˈdeθ/

(in some sports) a rule that the first person or team to score after a particular time will win the game:

With the score tied after extra time, the game went to sudden death.

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

"sudden death" in American English

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sudden deathnoun [ C usually sing ]

us /ˈsʌd·ən ˈdeθ/

a method of deciding who will win a game when the score for each team is equal, in which the first player or team to score wins:

The game went into sudden death overtime, and Cleveland’s field goal won the game.

(Definition of “sudden death” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)