This congruent conflation was uttered by Rachel Maddow on election eve. It is a mash up of “dead heat” and virtual tie”, both meaning a competition which is tied. I can’t help think that the speaker also had “tie-dyed” on her mind, a sort of dyslexia in malaphor form. And finally what about those Jerry Garcia ties? A big thanks to Frank King who heard this gem and passed it on.
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