runner-up(redirected from a runner-up)
One who finishes a competition ahead of the majority of competitors but does not win overall. No, Amanda beat me by a fraction of a second. I'm the runner-up. Congratulations to our second runner-up! That leaves just two contestants battling it out for the top two spots in the tournament.
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