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dead heat

A race or competition in which the opponents are very evenly matched. Their race times have been so close lately that I bet they'll be in a dead heat the whole time.
See also: dead, heat

dead heat

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.
See also: dead, heat
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Speed Cop just got tired in the last furlong otherwise she'd have done it on her own, but in the end I was delighted to get a dead heat," said Dwyer.
The easy answer when I was asked before the race was that I wanted a dead heat.
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