Definition of dead heat noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    dead heat

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    noun
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    Athletics
     
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  1. 1(especially British English) a result in a race when two of those taking part finish at exactly the same time The race was declared a dead heat. See related entries: Athletics
  2. 2(North American English) a situation during a race or competition, etc. when two or more people are at the same level The two candidates are in a dead heat in the polls.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dead heat