also-ran


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also-ran

Someone who is unimportant or unsuccessful. The phrase originated in horse racing. That guy is definitely an also-ran—his best days in the league are far behind him.

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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LOS ANGELES: Pop singer Katy won a leading nine nominations for the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards Wednesday, reducing eccentric superstar Lady Gaga to also-ran status with just three nods.
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With less money and a smaller staff than former Vice President Dan Quayle, veteran Christian right activist Gary Bauer, or publisher Steve Forbes, Buchanan could have been no more than another rightwing also-ran if he chose just to emphasize social issues.
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In the course of a brief review of Paul Brach, an also-ran in the field of close-valued abstraction, he offers in a few lines some of the most acute remarks on Ad Reinhardt that I know.
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UE now braces for its semifinals date against second-ranked University of Santo Tomas, which sent also-ran University of the Philippines out of the tournament with a 6-2 win last Thursday.
Down: 1 Medieval, 2 Tot, 3 Apart, 4 Also-ran, 5 Grin, 6 Late, 7 Robe, 11 Espy, 12 Twit, 13 Creditor, 15 Cleaner, 18 Exist, 19 Reel, 20 Acts, 21 Able, 24 Ado.
Put another way, Markfield was the most gifted also-ran associated with the so-called Jewish-American literary renaissance of 1950s and '60s: His three Jew-obsessed comic novels were eclipsed by the titanic oeuvre of Philip Roth, his ideas regarding Jews and popular culture were massively elaborated by professor turned new journalist Albert Goldman, and his promising bid to establish himself as a wise-guy, street-smart luftmensh-intellectual Jewish film critic was upended by Manny Farber and trumped by Pauline Kael.
And Racecheck is replaced by a great new feature, Next Run, which shows how the first three in a race fared next time out plus win, place and also-ran records for all horses to give you the best possible idea of the value of a race's form.
GOLF: Tiger Woods remained an also-ran at the BMW Championship in Chicago yesterday - and Rory McIlroy was still one of the back-markers.