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In sports, a period of play triggered by a tie at the end of a game or match in which the first team to score wins. Sometimes hyphenated if used as a modifier. I really hope they can win in regulation so the game doesn't go into sudden death. In the event of a tie, the game will be determined by sudden-death overtime.
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ˌsudden ˈdeatha way of deciding the winner of a game when scores are equal at the end. The players or teams continue playing and the game ends as soon as one of them gains the lead: If no one scores in the next five minutes the game will go to sudden death. ♢ They won the match after an exciting sudden-death play-off.
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mod. having to do with something short, quick, and decisive. The game ended in a sudden death playoff.
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