sudden death


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sudden death

n.
Extra play added to determine the winner of a tied game, often with the victory awarded to the first to score.

sud′den-death′ adj.

sudden death

n
1. (General Sporting Terms) (in sports, etc) an extra game or contest to decide the winner of a tied competition
2. an unexpected or quick death

sud′den death′



n.
an overtime period in which a tied contest is won and play is stopped immediately after one of the contestants scores, as in football, or goes ahead, as in golf.
[1825–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sudden death - (sports) overtime in which play is stopped as soon as one contestant scores; e.g. football and golf
athletics, sport - an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
extra time, overtime - playing time beyond regulation, to break a tie
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Before another hour had passed, the disclosure of the husband's sudden death was followed by the suspense of the wife's mortal peril.
I am ever willing to stand and fight when the odds are not too overwhelmingly against me, but in this instance I perceived neither glory nor profit in pitting my relatively puny strength against the iron muscles and brutal ferocity of this enraged denizen of an unknown world; in fact, the only outcome of such an encounter, so far as I might be concerned, seemed sudden death.
After a patient inquiry, which lasted nearly three hours, and which exhausted every available source of information, the jury pronounced the customary verdict in cases of sudden death by accident.
At the time of her sudden death, she was secretly making arrangements to leave the doctor, and find a refuge for herself and her child in a foreign country, under the care of the one friend of her family who had not cast her off.
Levin would have liked to talk to them, to hear what they would say to their father, but Natalia began talking to him, and then Lvov's colleague in the service, Mahotin, walked in, wearing his court uniform, to go with him to meet someone, and a conversation was kept up without a break upon Herzegovina, Princess Korzinskaya, the town council, and the sudden death of Madame Apraksina.
In one of the mourning-coaches Beauchamp, Debray, and Chateau-Renaud were talking of the very sudden death of the marchioness.
The sudden death of Lilla caused consternation among Mimi's friends and well-wishers.
I will give you one verse here, for it seems in tune with the King's own life and sudden death.
235 less than it had done nine months before when it was bought by the distinguished collector whose sudden death had brought it once more under the hammer.
Philip's father was a surgeon in good practice, and his hospital appointments suggested an established position; so that it was a surprise on his sudden death from blood-poisoning to find that he had left his widow little more than his life insurance and what could be got for the lease of their house in Bruton Street.
And came the time once more when the witch-doctor no longer doubted the outcome of the duel, yet his first judgment was reversed, for now he knew that the jungle god would slay Simba and the old black was even more terrified of his own impending fate at the hands of the victor than he had been by the sure and sudden death which the triumphant lion would have meted out to him.
The pride and obstinacy of millers and other insignificant people, whom you pass unnoticingly on the road every day, have their tragedy too; but it is of that unwept, hidden sort that goes on from generation to generation, and leaves no record,--such tragedy, perhaps, as lies in the conflicts of young souls, hungry for joy, under a lot made suddenly hard to them, under the dreariness of a home where the morning brings no promise with it, and where the unexpectant discontent of worn and disappointed parents weighs on the children like a damp, thick air, in which all the functions of life are depressed; or such tragedy as lies in the slow or sudden death that follows on a bruised passion, though it may be a death that finds only a parish funeral.