a poor second/third/fourth


used to say that someone's particular finish in a race or contest was a long way behind the winner
He came in a poor second in the race.She was a poor third in the tournament.

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“A poor second/third/fourth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20poor%20second%2Fthird%2Ffourth. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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