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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.
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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
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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]
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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
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Translations

also-ran

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

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

[ˈɔːlsəʊˌræn] n (Sport) → (cavallo) non piazzato (fam) (person) → perdente m/f
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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.
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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.
There was no obvious show-stopping winner, but equally no "also-rans" as has been the case in several previous finals.
Gregor Townsend last night warned his Warriors they could end up as also-rans unless they get their act together quickly.