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running mate

a candidate for an office linked with another and more important office, as for the vice-presidency.
a horse entered in a race in which another, more important, horse from the same stable, or belonging to the same owner, is run.
a close companion.
Origin of running mate
1865-70, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for running mate
  • The real question is who would make a good running mate.
  • It would be interesting to see who he chose as a running mate.
  • Generally, a running mate is chosen that will in some way balance the party's ticket for the general election.
  • Typically, the presidential nominee then chooses a running mate to be the party's candidate for vice president.
  • The nominee then announces his or her vice presidential running mate.
British Dictionary definitions for running mate

running mate

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