The boys huddled themselves together and sought the friendly companionship of the fire, though the dull dead heat of the breathless atmosphere was stifling.
Mark Twain -- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
A longer race and Menelaos would have passed, to win decisively, and no dead heat.
Homer -- The Iliad
Ten minutes later Seabiscuit finished in a dead heat for first with a horse named Heelfly, who carried fifteen fewer pounds.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Seabiscuit
Brittain and I finish in a dead heat at about a minute forty—Ellerby beats us by an easy ten seconds—and for the first time I think I might not be there for the final ten; twenty seconds’ rest just might not do it.
Chris Crutcher -- Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
They covered me with squares of flannel in the dead heat of summer.
Christina Garcia -- Dreaming in Cuban
At the end of three I’m out of gas and running on the simple knowledge that if I give it up to pain and go all out, I’ll have a minute to catch up, and I grit my teeth and sprint for the finish, touching a tenth of a second under my standard, in a dead heat with Brittain.