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1. An additional contest or period of play designed to establish a winner among tied contestants. Also called tiebreak.
2. Something or someone that breaks a tie: His home run was the tiebreaker that won the game. My mother and I wanted to spend the weekend at the beach, and both of my brothers wanted to go on a hike, so we asked my father to be the tiebreaker.

tie′break′ing adj.


(ˈtaɪˌbreɪ kər)

a short period of additional play for deciding a tie score, as in tennis and soccer.
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Noun1.tiebreaker - overtime play in order to break a tie; e.g. tennis and soccer
extra time, overtime - playing time beyond regulation, to break a tie
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In a hard-fought contest in which he never held a break point, world number seven Roddick clawed his way into two tiebreakers where he used his vast experience to pull off the win.
The good news is that you probably have one or more tiebreakers right now, you just haven't developed them as such.
Oregon could still gain a tie with USC - along with the winner of the Arizona-Stanford game - for third, but the Trojans have the advantage in all tiebreakers.
El Mihdway, who survived consecutive third-set tiebreakers to reach the semifinals, suffered a 6-1, 6-1 setback to Thacher in their previous meeting.
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Roddick and the fifth seeded Berdych traded service bombs and big forehands but the Czech missed two key forehands in tiebreakers -- one at set point to lose the first 7-5, the second at 5-5 in the second set tiebreaker.
The Dolphins won three tiebreakers in the first rotation and five in all, opening a huge lead en route to a 19 1/2-10 triumph.
Sylmar's Spencer Cohen rebounded from a 6-3 loss to Gerber to defeat Jacobs and Drew Arnold in tiebreakers en route to three victories.
I told the guys that I try to kill you in the preseason so the experience will pay off in the long run," said Kellogg, whose team won 10 of the first 14 sets two in tiebreakers before Hart (8-2 overall, 4-1 Foothill) staged a late rally.
Team USA's 8-6 upset loss to Canada on Wednesday at Chase Field forces the Americans to worry about tiebreakers as the time nears to eliminate two of the four teams in round-robin Pool B.
As far as USC's actual seeding in the tournament, that might not be completely known until Sunday afternoon, because Arizona plays Arizona State and that contest could influence the tiebreakers for several teams.
The prophet: Last week, Canyon lost three tiebreakers to Valencia but said the experience would benefit it later in the season.