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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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  • It is rumored that from the state of sisal and henequen he will pick his running-mate.

    Diplomatic Days Edith O'Shaughnessy
  • Why Madero insists on that running-mate we don't understand.

    Diplomatic Days Edith O'Shaughnessy
  • She took good care to choose Désirée for her "running-mate," and as they were both fleet of foot they scored considerably.

  • She was treated, accordingly, as some exquisite chorus-girl or cabaret-pony that he had selected as a running-mate.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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