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also-ran

noun [C] uk   /ˈɔːl.səʊ.ræn/  us   /ˈɑːl.soʊ-/
someone in a competition who is unlikely to do well or who has failed
Translations of “also-ran”
in Chinese (Traditional) (比賽、競爭中的)失敗者,落選者…
in Chinese (Simplified) (比赛、竞争中的)失败者,落选者…
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