in a dead heat

in a dead heat

Fig. [finishing a race] at exactly the same time; tied. The two horses finished the race in a dead heat. They ended the contest in a dead heat.
See also: dead, heat
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The slope eased off, at length we could be detached, and Croz and I, dashed away, ran a neck-and-neck race, which ended in a dead heat.
Entering the night in a dead heat with Modesto at 52-45 overall and mired in the division's cellar for the second half, the JetHawks ambushed A's starter and California League All-Star Jason Anderson for seven runs on eight hits in 4-2/3 innings after the left-hander took a 6-2 record and a 2.