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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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The tiebreaker was intense, every point was tough to win.
However, she managed to finally wrap things up and win the encounter in the tiebreaker to seal her quarter-final spot against the winner of the later match between top seed and defending champion Elina Svitolina and lucky loser Qiang Wang that was still being played way past time yesterday.
2 seed over the Minnesota Vikings is possible because they own the tiebreaker, though the Panthers would need a lot of help to get to that scenario.
Wesley So bowed out of the World Chess Cup 2017 Thursday night, losing to Ding Liren in the first game of their semifinals blitz tiebreaker in Tbilisi, Georgia.
There was a lot of talent in this event as Angel Araiza lost to Brule in a tiebreaker and then won the A singles over Tucson's Antonio Rivera in another tiebreaker.
Although Wawrinka stood firm and held two set points at 6-5, it was Anderson who took the tiebreaker.
The defeat was hard on Azarenka who won a second-set tiebreaker 8-6 to send the final to a third set.
The Serbian world number one lost the opening set in a tiebreaker but got progressively stronger to dominate the suffering Murray and win 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-2 in 3hr 40min.
If a Division Championship tiebreaker game is necessary, the head-to-head record between the tied Clubs will determine home-field advantage.
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Olympic team, USA Track & Field announced a tiebreaker procedure that gives the athletes the option of a coin toss or "run-off" and a formula to determine which procedure would be used should the athletes disagree on the tiebreaker.
The second tiebreaker is season series, and Worcester leads it, eight points to seven, with the final game of the season set for Portland.