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Idiom of the week – a dead heat

Posted by englishlessons on January 11, 2012

Definition:

A contest that is so close that it is impossible to predict the winner; a race in which two or more contestants finish at the same time.

Examples:

Recent polls showed the two politicians are in a dead heat going into the election.
The two runners finished the race in a dead heat. As a result, they will both go to the finals.

Picture it:

The term “heat” refers to a single race. A “dead heat” is a common expression used in horse racing to describe a “tie.”

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