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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.
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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.
THE deep, dank gloom of mid-winter was said to be responsible for a racecourse judge awarding a dead heat in the final race at Lingfield on Thursday, but the BHA insisted yesterday the incident will not lead to a change of policy over last-race times.
Proposition 73 - supported but not sponsored by Schwarzenegger and requiring parental notification before a minor's abortion - is also locked in a statistical dead heat at 44 percent on both sides.
The battle for second and third place in brand share was a virtual dead heat between Samsung and Sony, as each earned an 11.
In what has turned into the tightest mayoral primary in recent history, the three candidates in a virtual dead heat embarked on a marathon weekend of campaigning throughout the city.
Byline: ARTHUR PRICE National Dead Heat Union of Settlers ( CoNDHUS).
The developments on the central police-staffing issue comes as a new Los Angeles Times poll shows the final days of the campaign have turned into a three-way virtual dead heat.
Mitsubishi Electronics America's Electronic Device Group today announced that Mitsubishi Electric Corporation was in a virtual dead heat for first place in worldwide 1998 shipments of 3-volt, 16-Mbit flash memory products, according to a flash memory report released by Dataquest in June 1999.
Blue Square have already seen one handicap dead heat this season, with Scunthorpe and Macclesfield impossible to split in League Two.
Now, he and Boone are in a dead heat in fielding percentage, at .
This increase puts Bank of Boston, which has traditionally focused on large corporate lending, firmly in first place in small business loan market share in Massachusetts and into a dead heat with Fleet for market share leadership in all of New England," said Bank of Boston President Charles K.
They will meet a seventh time if they should end the season in a dead heat, and a Wednesday coin flip determined that such a tiebreaker would be played at SBC Park.
As they say in the election polling business, that's a statistical dead heat.