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running mate

noun
1.
a candidate for an office linked with another and more important office, as for the vice-presidency.
2.
a horse entered in a race in which another, more important, horse from the same stable, or belonging to the same owner, is run.
3.
a close companion.
Origin of running mate
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism
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  • We must land Nick Carter and get him away from here before that running mate of his can make any move against us.

    With Links of Steel Nicholas Carter
  • For the difficulties to be surmounted are doubled and the helps are halved by the presence of a running mate.

    How to Analyze People on Sight Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
  • The policeman's running mate came back from a search of the darkness.

    The Golden Skull John Blaine
  • Then she remembered that Hawley needed money; that lithe, slender "Delia" and her running mate were not to be sold.

    The Higher Court Mary Stewart Daggett
  • A 'running mate' who would go far with the wolf of his choosing.

    The Song of the Wolf Frank Mayer
British Dictionary definitions for running mate

running mate

noun
1.
(US) a candidate for the subordinate of two linked positions, esp a candidate for the vice-presidency
2.
a horse that pairs another in a team
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