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[ruhn-er-uhp] /ˈrʌn ərˈʌp/
noun, plural runners-up.
the competitor, player, or team finishing in second place, as in a race, contest, or tournament.
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.
1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for runner-up
  • There will be one grand prize winner and four runner-up winners.
  • 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.
  • Blue is the best, yellow a first runner-up, and red indicates a trip to the office.
  • The runner-up explanation is an even stranger view of reality.
British Dictionary definitions for runner-up


noun (pl) runners-up
a contestant finishing a race or competition in second place
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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