a contestant who loses the contest
Syn: ↑loser
Ant: ↑winner (for: ↑loser)
Derivationally related forms: ↑lose (for: ↑loser)
Hypernyms: ↑contestant
Hyponyms: ↑old maid

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ˈalso-ran [also-ran also-rans] noun
a person who is not successful, especially in a competition or an election

A year ago he was just an also-ran for the Democratic nomination.

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The campaign transformed him from an also-ran in the polls to front-runner.

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  • also-ran — n someone who fails to win a competition, election etc ▪ Ten months ago he was just an also ran for the Democratic nomination …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • also-ran — (n.) 1896, originally in reference to horse races, from ALSO (Cf. also) + past tense of RUN (Cf. run) (v.). Probably from the way non placing horses were listed in race results …   Etymology dictionary

  • also-ran — also rans N COUNT If you describe someone as an also ran, you mean that they have been or are likely to be unsuccessful in a contest …   English dictionary

  • also-ran — also ,ran noun count someone who is not successful, especially someone who loses an election or competition …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • also-ran — ► NOUN ▪ a loser in a race or contest …   English terms dictionary

  • also-ran — ☆ also ran [ôl′sōran΄ ] n. 1. a horse that fails to finish first, second, or third in a race 2. Informal any loser in any competition …   English World dictionary

  • also-ran — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms also ran : singular also ran plural also rans someone who is not successful, especially someone who loses an election or competition …   English dictionary

  • also-ran — noun Date: 1896 1. a horse or dog that finishes out of the money in a race 2. a contestant that does not win 3. one that is of little importance especially competitively < was just an also ran in the scramble for…privileges C. A. Buss > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • also-ran — n A horse that loses races or an unsuccessful human competitor. Dealer s Choice is another also ran that never won a race. 1890s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • also-ran —    This term refers to an unsuccessful competitor whose performance is so much poorer than the winner s that it appears insignificant.     He entered the contest hoping that he wouldn t end up as an also ran …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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