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1. A race in which the leading contestants cross the finish line so close together that the winner must be determined by a photograph taken at the moment of crossing.
2. Informal An extremely close competition.
1. (General Sporting Terms) a finish of a race in which contestants are so close that a photograph is needed to decide the result
2. (General Sporting Terms) any race or competition in which the winners or placed contestants are separated by a very small margin
a finish of a race so close as to require scrutiny of a photograph to determine the winner.
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|Noun||1.||photo finish - in general, any very close finish; in particular, a finish of a race in which the contestants are so close together that the winner must be determined from a photograph taken at the instant of finishing|
finish - designated event that concludes a contest (especially a race); "excitement grew as the finish neared"; "my horse was several lengths behind at the finish"; "the winner is the team with the most points at the finish"