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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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However, the Mavericks emerged victorious, scoring 25-24 against the Aces that ended in a final tiebreaking duel that saw Milos Raonic outperform Raphael Nadal for the very last point.
Rusney Castillo made a sliding catch in the 10th inning and threw out the potential tiebreaking run at the plate, then singled and scored in the bottom half to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday
Soaking up the pressure in a way that belied his tender age, Jaisal sailed through two tiebreaking shoot- offs -- one in the junior final against Priyanshu Pandey and the other in the senior semi- final to enter the gold medal match -- and eventually ended up just one hit short of Asian champion Ankur Mittal.
That means Vice President Joe Biden would become the 101st senator, with a tiebreaking vote.
Here is a rundown of the official FIFA tiebreaking procedures in the World Cup:
Pena hit a tiebreaking sac fly in the seventh off Hideaki Wakui (0-2).
Posey, 24, was hurt during Wednesday night's 12th inning as he absorbed a home-plate collision with Florida's Scott Cousins, who scored the tiebreaking run in the Marlins' 7-6 victory.
UCLA 2, UC Santa Barbara 1: Kyle Hollingshead scored the tiebreaking goal in the 36th minute as the host Bruins rallied from an early deficit to win the third-round match in the NCAA Tournament.
The Court has confronted only two OJDs, and on both occasions it struggled due to a lack of a clear tiebreaking rule.
In Washington, LeBron James had 34 points and 12 rebounds, and passed to Delonte West for a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 5.
Jimmy Carter presided over a notoriously fractious Democratic Congress, as did Bill Clinton, who was able to pass his first economic plan only because his vice president cast a tiebreaking vote.
The state secretary of state then picks a tiebreaking Democratic or Republican vote.