also-ran


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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
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