Meaning of “also-ran” in the English Dictionary

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"also-ran" in British English

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also-rannoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɔːl.səʊ.ræn/ us /ˈɑːl.soʊ.ræn/

Examples from literature

  • Nine-tenths of the Stock Exchange game is not letting your left brain-lobe know what race your right is in until the winning numbers and the also-rans are on the board. 

(Definition of “also-ran” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)