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Races and racing

ahead

adverb

used for saying that someone finishes a race before someone else

baton

noun

a stick that a runner in a relay race gives to the next runner

the blocks

noun

two pieces of metal or wood that runners use at the start of a race to push their feet against

clock

verb

to travel at a particular speed in a race

come

verb

to be in a particular position in a series or list or at the end of a race

come in

to finish a race in a particular position

dash

noun

a short race in which people run as fast as they can

dead heat

noun

a situation in which two people finish a race at exactly the same time, so that they both win

donkey derby

noun

a race in which people ride on donkeys for fun

drop back

to move into a lower position in a race or competition

false start

noun

a situation at the beginning of a race when one person starts too soon

finish

verb

to be in a particular position at the end of a race or competition

finishing line

noun

a line on the ground used in sports for showing where a race finishes. The American word is finish line.

finish line

noun

a finishing line

freestyle

noun

a race in which you can use any style or method you want to

head start

noun

a situation in which you start a race before your opponent or from a position that is further ahead

lane

noun

one of the parts that something such as a swimming pool or sports track is divided into, intended for one swimmer or one runner

lap

noun

one complete turn around a course in a race

lap

verb

to pass someone else who is competing in a race when you are ahead of them by a whole lap

lap of honour

noun

a slow run or drive around a sports field or racetrack that the winner makes after a race or game. The American word is victory lap.

lead

verb

to be winning at a particular time during a race or competition

lead

noun

the first position at a particular time during a race or competition

lead

noun

the distance, amount of time, number of points etc by which someone is winning a race or competition

leader

noun

a person, animal, or vehicle that is winning at a particular time during a race or competition

leading

adjective

ahead of all others in a race or competition

leg

noun

a part of a race

length

noun

a measure of how far one car, horse etc is in front of another in a race, usually equal to the length of one car, horse etc

marathon

noun

a race in which people run on roads over a distance of 42 kilometres or about 26 miles

miler

noun

a person or horse that competes in races of one mile

non-starter

noun

a person or animal that should take part in a race but fails to start the race

obstacle race

noun

a type of race in which you have to get over, under, or through a series of objects or structures

pace

verb

to establish a speed for another runner in a race

pacemaker

noun

someone who begins a race quickly so that the other people will follow them and run a fast race

pack

noun

the main group of people following behind the leader or leaders in a race or competition

pancake race

noun

in the UK, a traditional informal race on Pancake Day in which the runners each hold a pan containing a pancake

personal best

noun

an achievement in a race, competition etc that is better than anything that you have achieved before

photo finish

noun

the end of a race where the people or animals competing are so close to each other that officials need to look at a photograph to see who won

place

noun

the position that you achieve in a race or competition

race

noun

a competition that decides who is the fastest at doing something, especially running

racer

noun

a boat, car, or other vehicle that is designed for racing and moves very quickly

racing

noun

a sport in which cars, boats, horses, or other animals race against each other

rejoin

verb

to join a road or race again after you have left it for a while

relay

noun

a relay race

relay race

noun

a race between two or more teams where each member of the team does part of the race and then another member continues

rerun

noun

a race or competition that happens again, for example because there was no winner the first time

rerun

verb

to have a race or competition again with the same people, horses etc

run

verb

to have a race in a particular place or at a particular time

run

noun

a race in which you must run a long distance

runner

noun

a person or animal that runs in a race

scratch

verb

to remove someone from a race before it begins

sprint

noun

a short race at a fast speed

sprinter

noun

a runner who races in sprints

start

noun

the moment when a race begins

start

noun

an advantage that you have in a race or competition, by beginning it in a better position than the other people

starting block

noun

one of a pair of small blocks against which a runner puts their feet at the start of a race

steeplechase

noun

a long race in which people jump over high fences and water

three-legged race

noun

a race between pairs of people in which each person has one of their legs tied to one of their partner’s legs

time

noun

the amount of time that someone takes to finish a race

time trial

noun

a race in which each person runs or rides separately and the time it takes them is measured

track event

noun

a race that is run round a sports track

track record

noun

the fastest time for a race on a particular track

a poor second

a long way behind the winner in a race, competition etc

extend your lead

to increase the amount by which you are winning in a race, match, or competition

neck and neck

involved in a close race, competition etc

on your marks

used for telling runners in a race to stand in their positions ready to start

ready, steady, go

used for starting a race

stand the pace

to continue running as fast as the other runners in a race

take the lead

to start winning a race or competition

under starter’s orders

when the runners or horses are under starter’s orders, the race is ready to start

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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