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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Dead Heat.
A race to be run again between two horses that have “tied.” A heat is that part of a race run without stopping. One, two, or more heats make a race. A dead heat is a heat which goes for nothing.   1

 Dead-heads,Dead Horse. 

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