running mate
noun Date: 1727 1. companion 2. a horse entered in a race to set the pace for a horse of the same owner or stable 3. a candidate running for a subordinate place on a ticket; especially the candidate for vice-president

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  • running mate — n [C usually singular] the person chosen by someone who is trying to become president, leader etc to help win an election, and be the second most important political person if they are elected …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • running mate — running ,mate noun count AMERICAN someone who takes part in an election for two jobs with another person, and who will get the less important job if they win …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • running mate — ► NOUN 1) chiefly US an election candidate for the lesser of two closely associated political offices. 2) chiefly N. Amer. a horse entered in a race in order to set the pace for another horse which is intended to win …   English terms dictionary

  • running mate — ☆ running mate n. 1. a horse used in a race to set the pace for another horse from the same stable 2. a candidate for the lesser of two closely associated offices, as for the vice presidency, in his or her relationship to the candidate for the… …   English World dictionary

  • Running mate — A running mate is a person running for a subordinate position on a joint ticketduring an election.The term is usually used in the United States, in reference to a prospective Vice President. In United States politics In the US, a running mate is… …   Wikipedia

  • running mate — noun a nominee for the lesser of two closely related political offices • Hypernyms: ↑campaigner, ↑candidate, ↑nominee * * * noun, pl ⋯ mates [count] chiefly US : the person who runs with someone in an election (such as an election to choose a new …   Useful english dictionary

  • running mate — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms running mate : singular running mate plural running mates American someone who takes part in an election for two jobs with another person, and who will get the less important job if they win …   English dictionary

  • running mate — noun (countable usually singular) the person who someone who is trying to become president, leader etc chooses to help them in an election: Al Gore was Bill Clinton s running mate in the 1992 election …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • running mate — run′ning mate n. 1) gov a candidate for an office linked with another more important office, as for the vice presidency 2) spo a horse entered in a race with another horse from the same stable • Etymology: 1865–70 …   From formal English to slang

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