Definition of sudden death noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

sudden death

 noun
noun
BrE
 
; NAmE
 
[uncountable]
 
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a way of deciding the winner of a game when the scores are equal at the end. The players or teams continue playing and the game ends as soon as one of them gains the lead. a sudden-death play-off in golf
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