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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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Robins was hailed as Barnsley's saviour when he joined the club and gave them an instant lift, but in recent months they have been among the Championship 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.
BOLTON boss Gary Megson fears the Carling Cup is too big a competition for the Premier League's also-rans to win.
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.
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.
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)
Market sizing and competitor share data are used to establish the market dynamics and separate the major players from the also-rans.
The racing office at the Glasgow track was inundated with entries for the 480m maiden, receiving over 30 in all including Scottish Derby also-rans November Weather (now with Otto Kueres), Bickerton Morry and Beaming Dilemma, while the 300m sprint also attracted considerable interest, but the 670m competition has had to be scrapped after just eight names were put forward.
ALAN McGONIGAL saw his Bo'ness side thump Bathgate 3-0 then told his troops to keep it up or finish also-rans.