dead heat


  1. a race in which two or more competitors finish in a tie.
  2. the result of such a race; tie.


    1. a race or contest in which two or more participants tie for first place
    2. a tie between two or more contestants in any position

A contest in which the competitors are equally matched and neither can win; a tie. For example, The two companies are in a dead heat to get a new personal computer on the market. This term comes from 18th-century British horse racing and is still part of racing terminology. It later was transferred to other kinds of competition.

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