Also-ran meaning

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A horse that does not win, place, or show in a race.
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A loser in a competition, as in an election.
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One that has little talent or success.

Just an also-ran in the art world.

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A horse that does not win, place, or show in a race.
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A loser in a competition, as in an election.
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One that has little talent or success.

Just an also-ran in the art world.

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A horse that fails to finish first, second, or third in a race.
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(informal) Any loser in any competition.
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A person or animal who competed in a race but did not win.
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Figuratively, a loser; one soon to be forgotten.
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Origin of also-ran

  • The phrase comes from the world of horse race betting wherein lists of winners would be published with all non-paying positions printed in a block under the heading 'Also Ran:'.

    From Wiktionary