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honorable mention

A recognition or citation of merit given to a contestant, exhibition, entry, etc., in a competition despite that person or thing not being awarded a prize or top honor. Primarily heard in US. My short story did not win a top place in the writing competition, but being given an honorable mention still gives me great pride.
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Honourable mention: Has to be that night against Leeds.
The platinum award, Hermes' highest honour, went to the team's Lexus Winter Collection email campaign, Gold was awarded for its Luxury Paparazzi email campaign, and an honourable mention was given for the team's compelling work on its 'Let Freedom Ring' campaign.
Diana Swift, staff writer, for in-depth coverage of the military chaplaincy (October 2011); the special report also received an honourable mention in the "theme issues" category.
In addition to this, IIDA awarded Honourable Mentions to a select group of entrants for their exceptional interior design projects and products.
HONOURABLE MENTION: Craig Phillips, BB1 for the not-entirely-eloquent but still effec-tive: "Sorry to have to say it, Nick, but I'm very disappointed in your-self.
Honourable mention: Leslie Grantham's webcam antics were bad enough, but to diss your co-stars in an online chat with a journalist is the behaviour of a moron.
The Record also received four honourable mention awards from the CCP: one for general excellence--"Tons of thought-provoking material throughout"; one for original artwork for Lester Clarke's illustration for Where Have They Gone?
Stephanie Pearce, a former student of Algoma University College, received the Student Achievement Award Honourable Mention.
Honourable Mentions in this category went to Henry Lu's two entries, Miguel and Fish and Charles Officer's When Morning Comes.
De Santis's June/July story entitled Sexuality questions leave church at odds won an honourable mention in the category of best news story in a newspaper;
The Presbyterian Record received two first prize and three honourable mention awards at the Canadian Church Press (CCP) annual Convention, held May 8-10 in Ottawa.
The 2001 Global Traders Awards recipients include: John Baird, managing director of the Canadian Association of Mining Equipment and Services for Export, Regional Award in Leadership; Quality Hardwoods Ltd., Award of Merit in Leadership; Topex Inc., Honourable Mention in Leadership; Ebert Welding Ltd., Regional Award in Innovation; Ontrak Control Systems Inc., Award of Merit in Innovation; and WipWare Inc., Honourable Mention in Innovation.