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sudden death

In sports, a period of play triggered by a tie at the end of a 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.
See also: death, sudden

ˌsudden ˈdeath

a 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.
See also: death, sudden

sudden death

mod. having to do with something short, quick, and decisive. The game ended in a sudden death playoff.
See also: death, sudden
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American Pelle had home fans chanting "USA, USA" as he completed his hat-trick in the first 60 minutes and then netted a magnificent winning goal in sudden-death overtime.
However Weale, the 2000 world singles champion, clawed his way back, but Wilkie hung on to capture the set 6-5, taking the match into a sudden-death showdown.
However, Mark Webster and Barrie Bates took a 6-5 win in their Doubles contest, earning two points to level the tie and force a sudden-death leg.
In a sudden-death play-off against Ireland's John Dwyer, one of Barnett's putts hovered on the lip of the hole - but stayed above ground.
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