runner-up

[ruhn-er-uhp]
noun, plural runners-up.
1.
the competitor, player, or team finishing in second place, as in a race, contest, or tournament.
2.
runners-up, the competitors who do not win a contest but who place ahead of the majority of the contestants and share in prizes or honors, as those who place second, third, and fourth, or in the top ten.

Origin:
1835–45

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runner-up
 
n , pl runners-up
a contestant finishing a race or competition in second place

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Example sentences
There will be one grand prize winner and four runner-up winners.
The runner-up explanation is an even stranger view of reality.
But he has twice been the runner-up, churning out hits at a rate few have ever matched.
Only the winner is announced, not the runner-up or the margin of victory.
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