consolation prize

noun

Definition of consolation prize

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

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Still, Sky was something of a consolation prize for the cable giant. Shalini Ramachandran, WSJ, "Comcast Beats Out Fox to Acquire Sky," 22 Sep. 2018 And there was a very real fear the Academy would simply and permanently relegate horror, sci-fi, fantasy, action, and comedy films to a category that would quickly be seen as a consolation prize, rather than one of the big awards. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "It looks like the Oscars are going to nominate a bunch of big hits for Best Picture," 30 Nov. 2018 The Volpe Transportation Center, a consolation prize, was a poor substitute for space-age technology. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As top innovation hub expands, can straining local infrastructure keep pace?," 6 Nov. 2018 And Bagley genuinely views the Kings at No. 2 as a terrific consolation prize. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "Marvin Bagley: 'I Still Think I Could Be the No. 1 Pick'," 20 June 2018 As a consolation prize, WuShock might be the craziest-looking mascot in the tournament. Adam Woodard, USA TODAY, "March Madness: What if the Mascots played in the NCAA tournament?," 13 Mar. 2018 When those plans finally unraveled in the spring of 2016, Baker Hughes was left at the altar with a $3.5 billion cash consolation prize. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Buy Baker Hughes on This Breakup," 13 Nov. 2018 This feels a little bit like a consolation prize for viewers. Fox News, "Trump administration steps up sanctions on Iran, Russia," 12 Aug. 2018 The rational move would be for Disney to leave Sky to Comcast, lowering the risk of its purchase of the other Fox assets and quieting the loser with a consolation prize. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Sky Will Be the Last Act in Disney-Comcast Drama," 19 July 2018

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1886, in the meaning defined above

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consolation prize

noun

English Language Learners Definition of consolation prize

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

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