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runner-upnoun [C]

uk   /ˌrʌn.əˈrʌp/  us   /-ɚˈʌp/ (plural runners-up)
a ​person who comes second in a ​race or ​competition
(Definition of runner-up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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runner-upnoun [C]

 us   /ˈrʌn·ərˈʌp/ (plural runners-up  /ˈrʌn·ərzˈʌp/ )
a ​person or ​team that ​finishes second in a ​race or ​competition: Madison is the Eastern Region ​champion and last year’s ​state runner-up.
(Definition of runner-up from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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