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!
See also: running

be in the running

COMMON If someone is in the running for a job or prize, they have a good chance of getting it or winning it. There are rumours that he is in the running for the job of ITV's central scheduler. The US needs a win tonight to still be in the running for the gold. Note: You can also say that someone is out of the running, meaning they no longer have a chance of getting a job or a prize. Both teams are now out of the running for the championship. Note: If a horse is `in the running', it has a good chance of winning a race.
See also: running