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consolation prize

noun
1.
a prize, usually of minor value, given to the loser or runner-up in a contest, competition, etc., or to all losers who have performed well or met certain standards.
Origin of consolation prize
1885-1890
1885-90
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  • Or are you to figure as the consolation prize for his widow?

    The King of Arcadia Francis Lynde
  • It seemed a consolation prize to those who have been forbidden to think.

    The Gorgeous Girl Nalbro Bartley
  • As you see, he is no beauty, and he'll never wear the stick pin unless it's given for a consolation prize.

    Peggy Raymond's Way Harriet Lummis Smith
  • At best they have been but a "consolation prize" or a narcotic.

  • The consolation prize had to be drawn for by five, Mrs. Charleford and Ralph among them.

    Six Girls and the Tea Room Marion Ames Taggart
British Dictionary definitions for consolation prize

consolation prize

noun
1.
a prize given to console a loser of a game
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