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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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The odds of a triple dead heat happening are many, many millions to one.
It's unclear how the dead heat will be broken; it's up to Felix and Tarmoh to decide how they want to settle the dilemma.
It was a dead heat until the very last day," said Morgan.
Iffers AC fished Hartleton Lake and the match ended in a dead heat when both Andy Prosser and Glyn Sherwood put 13lb 10oz of small bream on the scales.
Nigel Swallow Dumfriesshire RPSPORT contacted bookmakers over their settlement of the Spain/David Villa double and the responses are listed below: Bet365: A quarter the stake at full odds or you will be paid at Spain's outright price at the time if it yields a bigger return than the dead heat for the Spain/Villa double Blue Square: Bets settled with a deduction of 3/8 Boyles: A quarter the stake at full odds Coral: A quarter the stake at full odds Hills: Contact Hills for full details.
Dettori forced Halmahera up in the last stride of the Ladbrokes Handicap to snatch a dead heat with Speed Cop, who had looked sure to win alone with a furlong to run.
When it comes to length, "they're in a dead heat, "says Hedges.
US Republican presidential candidate George W Bush has bounced back in the latest opinion polls for CNN-USA Today, Newsweek and Fox TV, which all showed the November 7 election, back to a dead heat.
54% for a one-year CD--a virtual dead heat and little incentive to keep your funds tied up an extra year.
Yesterday's polls revealed that Bush and Kerry were in a dead heat in the White House race going into their final debate.
Proposition 73 was in a virtual dead heat Tuesday, with voters split on a constitutional amendment that would require parental notification for minor girls seeking abortions.
JOHN Livingston, the father of University Boat Race brothers and rivals David and James, admitted ``I feel pretty exhausted myself actually'' after almost seeing the dead heat he had wished for.
According to International Data Corporation (IDC), in terms of total UNIX revenue for entry-level, mid-range and high-end servers, HP is in a virtual dead heat with the current leader, Sun, gaining 28.
After a boat race of four miles and 374 yards - longer even than Ruud van Nistelrooy's - it is very unlikely that race will end in 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.