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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishalso-ranˈalso-ran noun [countable]  FAILsomeone who fails to win a competition, election etc Ten months ago he was just an also-ran for the Democratic nomination.
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also-ranBoth projects, and more besides, aim to make Microsoft an also-ran in tomorrow's markets.Skilful individuals such as Gazza are very much also-rans, though they do have their uses.The McLaren-Honda partnership, which had dominated F1 racing since 1988, was relegated to the role of also-rans.He warrants only passing references, as if he were some also-ran in the race toward musical greatness.It would have taken a match of some note to have lifted this last weekend of the Championship out of the also-ran trough.We know only the pain of the also-ran, for ever in the shadow of the siren.Buchanan, who did best among the three also-rans, got only 14 percent.On the other hand, several of Sridevi's films were also-rans.
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