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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
1885-1890
1885-90
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  • They got to walk away with a barrel of local rum: a not-too-shabby consolation prize by any standards.
  • Take this as either a consolation prize or more torment.
  • But his consolation prize is a tournament he believes the sport of wrestling needs.
  • Their message-that a good life can be had outside baseball-comes off as a dim and high-minded consolation prize.
  • Her husband, for one, seems to have a pretty clear idea what he thinks she should get as a consolation prize.
  • Offshore, billfish are still at the top of the list, with wahoo and scattered yellowfin tuna a good consolation prize.
British Dictionary definitions for consolation prize

consolation prize

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