running mate


Definition of running mate 

1 : companion

2 : a horse entered in a race to set the pace for a horse of the same owner or stable

3 : a candidate running for a subordinate place on a ticket especially : the candidate for vice president

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Examples of running mate in a Sentence

When John F. Kennedy ran for president, his running mate was Lyndon Johnson. inseparable running mates who first met when they were in elementary school

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Photo: nelson almeida/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Mr. Haddad, who once served as minister of education under Mr. da Silva, had been the former president’s running mate. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "Brazil’s da Silva Steps Aside, Names Haddad as Replacement Candidate," 11 Sep. 2018 My opponent Denver Riggleman, running mate of Corey Stewart, was caught on camera campaigning with a white supremacist. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "What Is Bigfoot Erotica? So Glad You Asked!," 30 July 2018 Topspin Put Rod Blagojevich’s two-time running mate Pat Quinn in the no-commutation-for-Blago camp. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Morning Spin: Mercy for Blagojevich? His successor says no," 8 June 2018 In an election marked by a record turnout and pointed rhetoric, Kerrville voters on Saturday overwhelmingly backed retired pastor Bill Blackburn and his council slate over incumbent Mayor Bonnie White and running mate Gary Cooper. Zeke Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Newly elected Kerrville mayor looks toward unifying community," 7 May 2018 The Pences are unlike the Trumps Mike and Karen Pence joined the Trumps in early July 2016 at Trump's golf club in Bedminster, N.J., shortly after Pence was named running mate. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Observations about Mike Pence from 'Vanity Fair' article," 31 May 2018 Had James’ pledge Sunday come with the demand the Lakers find him a superstar running mate, Johnson and Pelinka would have moved hell or high water — and whatever assets were necessary — in attempts to appease him. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "As LeBron heads west, Leonard trade sits in limbo," 2 July 2018 Lamont’s running mate choice of Bysiewicz, the state’s top election official from 1999 to 2011 who is white, rankled many Democrats. Neil Vigdor,, "Ganim Hopes Women On Ballot Next To Him Will Boost His Chances On Primary Day," 9 July 2018 He was also accused of misogyny again and again, despite, oh, tapping Sarah Palin to be his running mate? Fox News, "Andy McCarthy, Joe diGenova preview Peter Strzok's testimony," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of running mate

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of running mate was in 1867

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English Language Learners Definition of running mate

: the person who runs with someone in an election (such as an election to choose a new president) and who is given the less important position (such as vice president) if they are elected

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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