consolation prize


Definition of consolation prize 

: a prize given to a runner-up or a loser in a contest

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Yes, the Cavs made it back to the Finals for the fourth consecutive year, but that's nothing more than a consolation prize in the grand scheme of things. Aj Neuharth-keusch, USA TODAY, "Describing every NBA team's 2017-18 season using one word," 15 June 2018 But the online retailer has given Tucson a notable consolation prize: a new fulfillment center that the company announced May 16. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Amazon announces 1,500-job distribution center in Tucson," 16 May 2018 The consolation prize for finishing second would be an encore performance in Moscow. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Russia Suddenly Looks Like it Belongs at its Own World Cup," 19 June 2018 While adding forward Brady Tkachuk to their prospect pool was a nice consolation prize, there's plenty for GM Pierre Dorion to focus on. Michael Blinn,, "Five NHL Storylines to Watch This Summer," 26 June 2018 As for centers, Paul Stastny would be a pretty good consolation prize in the free-agent market. Sam Carchidi,, "Flyers enter NHL free agency with the cap space, here are the players they might be considering | Sam Carchidi," 29 June 2018 So Mozeliak went back to the drawing board, winding up with a decent consolation prize, Marcell Ozuna, who fits in quite nicely in the middle of the Cardinals lineup. Paul Sullivan,, "Cardinals looking to rekindle rivalry with Cubs — by beating them," 17 Apr. 2018 Sky could end up the consolation prize in the battle for Fox. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Why Investors Should Hold Out for a Sky-High Price," 14 June 2018 La Roja did earn a dubious consolation prize though. Kevin Baxter,, "Missing in action: Five other teams that won’t be in Russia for World Cup," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of consolation prize

1886, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of consolation prize

: a prize that is given to someone who has not won a contest

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