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also–ran

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noun al·so–ran \-ˌran\

Simple Definition of also–ran

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of also–ran

  1. 1 :  a horse or dog that finishes out of the money in a race

  2. 2 :  a contestant that does not win

  3. 3 :  one that is of little importance especially competitively <was just an also–ran in the scramble for … privileges — C. A. Buss>


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