Definition of also-ran noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɔːlsəʊ ræn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːlsoʊ ræn//
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a person who is not successful, especially in a competition or an election A year ago he was just an also-ran for the Democratic nomination. The campaign transformed him from an also-ran in the polls to front-runner.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: also-ran