alsoran

also-ran

[awl-soh-ran]
noun
1.
Sports.
a.
(in a race) a contestant who fails to win or to place among the first three finishers.
b.
an athlete or team whose performance in competition is rarely, if ever, a winning or near-winning one.
2.
Informal. a person who loses a contest, election, or other competition.
3.
Informal. a person who attains little or no success: For every great artist there are a thousand also-rans.

Origin:
1895–1900

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also-ran
 
n
1.  a contestant, horse, etc, failing to finish among the first three in a race
2.  an unsuccessful person; loser or nonentity

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