be in the running


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be in the running

To be eligible to win something or be appointed to some position. I'm in the running to win a new car. There are a lot of entries, but at least there's a chance! George is in the running for the manager position, and he's the best candidate if you ask me. There are three playoff spots left—that means we're still in the running, so don't give up!
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be in the running

if you are in the running for something, you are in a good position to win it or achieve it (often + for ) This film must be in the running for a Best Picture Oscar.
See also: running