also-ran also-ran


  • (n) a contestant who loses the contest


  1. Some political watchers, including poll respondents, are already considering Paul an also-ran.
  2. In 1929, when the Lazarus family bought Shillito's, Fred Lazarus moved to Cincinnati, turned Shillito's from an also-ran to the town's frontrunner.
  3. The Veep also-ran took the podium with a delivery as flat as Kansas and no apparent training on a teleprompter.



  1. Dobson said, "I will either cast my ballot for an also-ran or : not vote in a presidential election for the first time in my adult life."
    on Aug 10, 2007 By: James Dobson Source: Opinion Editorials

  2. "If all the Canadian guys who are out there are healthy and can play, we're definitely not an also-ran," says Bay. "We don't have the depth a lot of teams have, but the tournament is only a few weeks. We've got some legitimate starting...
    on Mar 25, 2008 By: Jason Bay Source: Toronto Star

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