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dead heat
as in:  race ended in a dead heat


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 tie in a race
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  • 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

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  • 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.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
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Associated words [difficulty]:   dead heat [8] , volley [5] , Tony Hawk [8] , topspin [9]
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