consolation prize


Definition of consolation prize

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

Examples of consolation prize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At $50 a pop, the virtual New York and Boston race registration fees are at best a small financial consolation prize for the two organizers, which normally rake in tens of millions of dollars from their marquee marathons. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "‘Virtual marathons’ see a spike as runners crave a fix and organizers fight to keep them engaged," 17 Oct. 2020 And so at the end of 2017, as a consolation prize, Republicans voted to eliminate the penalty for going without insurance, and every one of the Republican senators that spoke about it talked about the repeal of the individual mandate. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "How Amy Coney Barrett Could Affect the Future of the Affordable Care Act," 14 Oct. 2020 From our Fijian parties at Ponderosa to bar-hopping in Brisbane to scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef, those 3 weeks were a solid consolation prize. Dalton Ross,, "Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: James Lim almost created a replica 'f---ing stick' on Ghost Island," 15 Sep. 2020 But Victor Oladipo, at least at the moment, comes off more as consolation prize. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Has the Pacers series given Heat a lesson with Victor Oladipo?," 24 Aug. 2020 The unlikely kingdom was a consolation prize for Abdullah, the second son of Hussein, the sharif of Mecca, whose family, the Hashemites, were descendants of the Prophet Muhammad. Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, "Jordan’s Endless Transition," 6 Oct. 2020 But Steinhilber received a consolation prize on the bus ride home. Bob Narang,, "Only a sophomore, Nick Steinhilber establishes reputation as more than top golfer for Warren: ‘He’s been our leader all year.’," 2 Oct. 2020 Yet what Sam sees as a punishment turns out to be a school to train gifted youngsters, whose powers (as a sort-of-consolation prize for not being king or queen) begin to manifest themselves in their mid-teens. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Secret Society of Second-Born Royals' gives Disney+ an X-Men-like franchise," 24 Sep. 2020 Second place will have a consolation prize of $750,000, and the champions will split $1.5 million. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Overwatch League playoffs preview: MVP candidates lead contenders, with $4 million in prize money at stake," 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of consolation prize

1886, in the meaning defined above

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20 Oct 2020

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“Consolation prize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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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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