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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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What interested me was the unique character about whom the tale revolves--the visored horseman who-but let us wait until we get to him.
Meanwhile I pass on to the second on my list, which promised also at one time to be of national importance, and was marked by several incidents which give it a quite unique character.
Ponteland Green Belt Group said it appeared that the council "have made a conscious decision to destroy the distinctive and unique character of Ponteland.
It is during the big occasions that Cardiff as a city seems to rise to the crest of the wave and takes on a unique character that outside of Edinburgh I have never felt before.
Mandy weaves willow with different coloured barks with other materials she gathers from the countryside around her to give her baskets their unique character.
He added to 7DAYS that "Dubai is a unique city which has its own unique character and everything in it must express this unique character, including police patrols.
At the same time we are conscious of the importance of retaining the unique character of the Grand National course.
The spacious outdoor area is a real selling point and adds to its unique character, while neutral decor throughout and up-to-date fixtures mean that it's readily liveable.
We're committed to the traditional values on which the society was founded and to preserving Bournville's unique character so the aesthetics of the new windows and doors were very important to us.
A PLAN has been formed to preserve the unique character of a picturesque country village.
One has been named thus because of its unique character of legs and seat visually appearing as one unified whole.
And in a letter delivered to every one of the 11,300 apartments in the l l0-building complex last week, Speyer attempted to reassure residents about the future of the development's rent stabilized status stating, "We are committed to maintaining the unique character and environment that have made Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town such a wonderful place to live for so long.