sudden death

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sudden death (countable and uncountable, plural sudden deaths)

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see sudden,‎ death.
  2. (countable) Instantaneous, unexpected death not caused by violence or trauma.
  3. (sports, games) A period or mode of play in which the next player or team to score wins instantly; often in an extra period of time following a tie at the end of the regular period of play.


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