running mate

noun

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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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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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, courant.com, "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 Regrets, McCain has a few, including not resisting his advisers’ opposition and naming his good friend Democrat Joe Lieberman to be his running mate in 2008. Ellen Gray, Philly.com, "On Memorial Day, HBO's John McCain film pays tribute to an approach to politics we can't afford to forget," 25 May 2018 As tensions between teachers and Kentucky lawmakers grow after a tumultuous year filled with protests over pension reform legislation, Beshear's pick of Coleman for running mate sends a message. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Andy Beshear becomes first to announce run for Kentucky governor," 9 July 2018 Last summer's stunning trade of guard Kyrie Irving left the Cavs without a quality running mate for James, who was forced to carry a heavier offensive load throughout the regular season and playoffs. CBS News, "LeBron James arrives in L.A. hours before he becomes a free agent," 30 June 2018 The next tier of veterans includes Wayne Ellington, Luc Mbah a Moute, former James running mates Dwyane Wade and Jeff Green, noted James favorite Shabazz Napier and others. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Examining the Biggest Ripple Effects of LeBron James's Decision to Join Lakers," 1 July 2018 The pair appeared over and over again, like running mates in a campaign video. Avi Selk, courant.com, "Reporters thought this video was North Korea propaganda. It came from the White House.," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of running mate

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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running mate

noun

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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