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al·so-ran

(ôl′sō-răn′)
n.
1. A horse that does not win, place, or show in a race.
2. A loser in a competition, as in an election: "What separates the chess champions from the also-rans ... ?" (Paul Tough).
3. One that has little talent or success: just an also-ran in the art world.

also-ran

n
1. (General Sporting Terms) a contestant, horse, etc, failing to finish among the first three in a race
2. an unsuccessful person; loser or nonentity

al′so-ran`



n.
1. (in a race) a contestant who fails to win or to place among the first three finishers.
2. a person who loses any contest.
3. a person who attains little or no success.
[1895–1900]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.also-ran - a contestant who loses the contestalso-ran - a contestant who loses the contest  
contestant - a person who participates in competitions
old maid - the loser in a game of old maid
Translations

also-ran

[ˈɔːlsəʊræn] N
1. (Sport) → caballo m perdedor
2. (= person) → nulidad f

also-ran

n to be among the also-rans, to be an also-ran (Sport, fig) → unter „ferner liefenkommen

also-ran

[ˈɔːlsəʊˌræn] n (Sport) → (cavallo) non piazzato (fam) (person) → perdente m/f
References in classic literature ?
That's because your people were among the also-rans.
Among those speaking will be Fabulous Flournoy, the coach of the Newcastle Eagles basketball team, who will share lessons on leadership and teamwork, and Olympian Ben Hunt-Davis, who won gold as part of the British eight's rowing team in 2000 and helped transform the approach taken by the team from also-rans to champions.
The flanker is totally fed up being also-rans in a tournament where winning is everything.
On paper, the John Gosden-trained colt should beat all the also-rans from the English 2,000 Guineas and, with nothing coming over from the French 2,000, you can see why he is odds-on.
We won't be so cruel as to single anybody out for public humiliation, but the clear front runners are already emerging, as are the also-rans - and we're only one episode in.
Victory against Poland will win a berth for England in next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil with Poland finishing as also-rans behind Ukraine and Montenegro, the report added.
Gregor Townsend last night warned his Warriors they could end up as also-rans unless they get their act together quickly.
35) emerged as an exciting prospect for Nicky Henderson when quickening away from the also-rans in a 2m bumper here in April.
BLOWING the wannabes and the also-rans out of the water with her 60-year reign and impressive jewellery collection, the top spot for 2012 has to go to .
We've seen a lot of celebs, z-listers and also-rans carrying this torch.
Robins was hailed as Barnsley's saviour when he joined the club and gave them an instant lift, but in recent months they have been among the Championship also-rans.
HEIKKI Kovalainen finished quickest in practice for the first time this season to suggest McLaren might avoid being also-rans during tomorrow's Turkish Grand Prix.