also-ran


al·so–ran

noun \-ˌran\

: a person who has taken part in an election or contest and did not win

Full Definition of ALSO-RAN

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>

First Known Use of ALSO-RAN

1896

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