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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.

also ran

A loser. The term comes from late nineteenth-century horse racing, where it signified a horse that ran a race but failed to win, place, or show. It was later broadened to any kind of competitor—in an election or other contest—who lost.
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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.
EOIN MORGAN last night warned England to learn to play on good pitches or face being one-day also-rans.
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.
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RB says: Come off it, David, whoever Newcastle appoint, and whenever they appoint him, you'll still be also-rans.
The England coach does not wish to be seen to be dismissing Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as international also-rans. However, he will continue to seek friendlies against nations higher in the world rankings, such as Spain, whom England play next month in Madrid.
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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)
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