in contention


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in contention

Among those eligible to win something; in competition. Don't count them out just because they've been on a losing streak—they're still in contention for that final playoff spot.
See also: contention

in/out of conˈtention (for something)

with/without a chance of winning something: Only three teams are now in contention for the title.With that defeat, Marshall dropped out of contention.
See also: contention, of, out
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Lomas was surprised to be in contention in his first event of the year but pleased to be in the hunt after recovering from bogeys at the first two holes.
Morrison's opening day chip in the win against Ipswich Town set the benchmark for the season while Bell's effort against Crystal Palace has put him in contention to defend his crown.
We're hopeful he'll at least be in contention for Sunday,which would be a boost as he's been a big player for us.
Hunt remains in contention to face Hungary next week although another role off the bench is likely.
Brett Ormerod will line up alongside James Beattie up front while Swedish defender Michael Svensson, a pounds 2m summer signing from Troyes, is in contention for his debut.
Emerson Thome is struggling to overcome a knee injury but manager Peter Reid has several options for central defence with player of the year Jody Craddock, Babb and Joachim Bjorklund in contention.