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photo finish

n.
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.

photo finish

n
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

pho′to fin′ish


n.
a finish of a race so close as to require scrutiny of a photograph to determine the winner.
[1935–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.photo finish - in general, any very close finishphoto 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"
Translations

photo finish

n (Sport) → fotofinish m inv
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On Sunday the novice final was a heart stopper: Harry Penlan (Robin Lloyd, Painscastle) led the whole way only to be ground down by Obi Wan Kenobi (Williams, Llanafan) in the closest of photo finishes.
Specifically, I compared how many times each jockey has won a race to how many times he has ridden a betting favorite, gave bonus points for riding a winner paying off at 10-1 odds or more, and gave rewards or penalties for success or failure in photo finishes.
It's interesting to note, though, that Request for Parole, with whom Perfect Drift has been trading photo finishes at Turfway, twice has run solid seconds to early Derby favorite Harlan's Holiday.