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Definition of "sudden death" [sudden death]

  • Extra play added to determine the winner of a tied game, often with the victory awarded to the first to score. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sudden death" in a sentence
  • "Bundy still accommodated dissent within his staff: his junior aide, East Asia expert James C. Thomson, Jr., would write a laudatory op-ed upon Bundys sudden death in 1996, highlighting how his boss tolerated and even encouraged his Vietnam skepticism at the very time Bundy himself was pressing for escalation."
  • "An excellent observer,12 in describing the behaviour of a girl at the sudden death of her father, says she "went about the house wringing her hands like a creature demented, saying ` It was her fault; '` I should never have left him;' ` If I had only sat up with him, '" &c."
  • "A sad note was struck by the sudden death of old Coenus."
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