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[From American Spanish (quiniela) perfecta, perfect (quinella), feminine of perfecto, perfect, from Latin perfectus; see perfect.]
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(Gambling, except Cards) a bet made on which competitors will come both first and second in a race, including the order they will finish in
(Gambling, except Cards) of or pertaining to a perfecta
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n., pl. -act•as.
a type of bet, esp. on horse races, in which the bettor must select the first- and second-place finishers in exact order.
[1960–65; ellipsis of American Spanish quiniela exacta exact quinella]
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