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.
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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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The remaining eight teams in contention are vying for berths in three major events in 2013 and 2014.
The Weekend Blacks, AKA Ethan Fowler's new band, are also fabled to now be in contention for a recording berth.
Probably Ernie (Els) is still in contention six off the lead.
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.
There won't be much room for slip-ups pretty much from our viewpoint between now and the end of the season if we want to stay in contention.
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.