runner-up
noun (plural runners-up; also runner-ups) Date: 1842 the competitor that does not win first place in a contest; especially one that finishes in second place

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  • runner-up — 1842, originally in dog racing; see RUNNER (Cf. runner) + UP (Cf. up). General sense is from 1885 …   Etymology dictionary

  • runner-up — [run΄ər up′] n. pl. runners up 1. a person or team that finishes second in a race, contest, tournament, etc. 2. any of those finishing behind the winner but in positions of contention …   English World dictionary

  • runner-up — n plural runners up the person or team that comes second in a race or competition …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • runner-up — (plural ,runners up) noun count a person or team that does not win a competition or race but is second, or is close to winning …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • runner-up — has the plural form runners up …   Modern English usage

  • runner-up — ► NOUN (pl. runners up) ▪ a competitor or team taking second place in a contest …   English terms dictionary

  • runner-up — runners up N COUNT: oft N to n A runner up is someone who has finished in second place in a race or competition. The ten runners up will receive a case of wine. ...Paul Azinger, the American who was runner up to Faldo at Muirfield in 1987 …   English dictionary

  • runner-up — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms runner up : singular runner up plural runners up a person or team that does not win a competition or race but is second, or is close to winning …   English dictionary

  • runner-up — {n.} The person who finishes second in a race or contest; the one next after the winner. * /Tom won the race and Jack was runner up./ * /Joan was runner up in the contest for class secretary./ Compare: SECOND BEST …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • runner-up — {n.} The person who finishes second in a race or contest; the one next after the winner. * /Tom won the race and Jack was runner up./ * /Joan was runner up in the contest for class secretary./ Compare: SECOND BEST …   Dictionary of American idioms

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