in/out of the running

in the running

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

out of the running

No longer competing; removed or eliminated from a competition; having no chance of victory. Everyone assumed he was out of the running after the scandal broke, but he went on to win the election regardless. With the former champion out of the running, the newcomer saw a path to victory ahead of her.
See also: of, out, running

in the running

Fig. in competition; competing and having a chance to win. (See also in a bind and the examples.) Is Tom still in the running? Does he still have a chance to be elected? I don't know about Tom, but Gladys is definitely still in the running.
See also: running

out of the running

Fig. no longer being considered; eliminated from a contest. After the first part of the diving meet, three members of our team were out of the running. After the scandal was made public, I was out of the running. I pulled out of the election.
See also: of, out, running

in the running

1. Entered as a competitor in a contest. For example, Is Mary in the running for this election? The antonym, out of the running, means "not entered as a competitor," as in Ian is out of the running for the job now that he's living in another state. [Mid-1800s]
2. Having a chance to win, as in Mary's still in the running for the promotion. Again, out of the running means the opposite, as in He's too old-he's out of the running. [Mid-1800s] Both usages allude to the entry and chances of a horse in a race.
See also: running

out of the running

see under in the running.
See also: of, out, running

in (or out of) the running

in (or no longer in) contention for an award, victory, or a place in a team.
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in/out of the ˈrunning (for something)

(informal) having some/no chance of succeeding or achieving something: She’s definitely in the running for a prize.He’s out of the running for the Paris job now.
See also: of, out, running

in the running

1. Entered as a contender in a competition.
2. Having the possibility of winning or placing well in a competition.
See also: running

out of the running

1. Not entered as a contender in a competition.
2. Having no possibility of winning or placing well in a competition.
See also: of, out, running