- a horse that fails to finish first, second, or third in a race
- Informal any loser in any competition
See also-ran in American Heritage Dictionary 4
- A horse that does not win, place, or show in a race.
- A loser in a competition, as in an election: “had enough support to place him in the middle of the also-rans” (George F. Will).
- One that has little talent or success: just an also-ran in the art world.
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