drop by the wayside

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Verb1.drop by the wayside - give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat; "In the second round, the challenger gave up"
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Current leader Ryan Weston will need a few to drop by the wayside if he wants to be crowned champion as or ring 574388 clinch it.
Trainer Gordon Elliott is hopeful Roman Villa can get his revenge, but he also needs a few higher-rated rivals to drop by the wayside.