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also-ran

someone of no significance. (From horse racing, used of a horse that finishes a race but that does not finish among the money winners.) Oh, he's just another also-ran. Ignore the also-rans.

also-ran

Loser, failure, unsuccessful individual, as in Jane feared that her candidate, a terrible speaker, would end up as an also-ran, or As for getting promotions, Mark counted himself among the also-rans. This term comes from racing, where it describes a horse that finishes in fourth place or lower or does not finish a race at all. It first appeared in the 1890s in published racing results, and has since been transferred to losers in any kind of competition, and also more broadly to persons who simply don't do well.
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DAMON Hill believes the arrival of Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes could transform the team from also-rans into genuine contenders for regular Formula One race victories.
When the fab four (or five, if you really must) decided to get back together, their reunion gave hope to countless other also-rans of the UK music scene.
That the also-ran nations of the sport remain just that - also-rans struggling to span a chasm in class.
EOIN MORGAN last night warned England to learn to play on good pitches or face being one-day also-rans.
Newcastle (just think of Peter Beardsley, Chris Waddle and Paul Gascoigne) have always been a selling club and that is why they remain also-rans in the football elite scheme.
Although this will be Moore's debut on this layout he is the man, along with Boston hero Charley Hoffman, with the best current credentials on Sporting Index's Also-Rans index.
These masters of the universe have crunched the numbers, factored in Wayne's ropey ankle, dismissed the Brazilians as also-rans and decided that Capello's boys will lift the trophy.
All are extremely wealthy young men in a comfort zone that would not exist for also-rans in most sports.
And with current funds available nowhere near those of Chelsea or US-owned Manchester United, Liverpool and Aston Villa there have been growing calls for the club to accept outside help or remain also-rans.
This is the 10th since January starring personified animals, following solid hits like Paramount's ``Over the Hedge'' and also-rans like Weinstein Co.
Now they look like being among the also-rans in the Second Division.
I am outraged by the fact you called Everton also-rans in last week's Write Stuff.
The England coach does not wish to be seen to be dismissing Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as international also-rans.
According to BSM, continuous refinements to the test over the past few years have opened up a wide and measurable gap between the leading schools and the also-rans.
Sir, - Jason Beattie (Post Perspective) is entitled to liken the sweet Adrian Bailey to a 'donkey, dud, no-hoper or complete freak' (Oct 13) or reveal the shortcomings of Labour also-rans at West Bromwich (Oct 27)