Definition of runner-up in US English:



  • 1A competitor or team taking second place in a contest.

    ‘he was runner-up in the 200 m individual medley’
    • ‘Silsden must now win their final away match to force a play-off for the runners-up spot.’
    • ‘The first team were also runners-up in the Middlesex Cup for a second year in succession.’
    • ‘The Oakbank Fastbats second team were runners-up in Division Three.’
    • ‘The four with the highest scores formed the A team and the runners-up formed the B team.’
    • ‘Keybury Security's six-a-side soccer team were runners-up in the Bradford Monday Premier League.’
    • ‘With two World Cup victories and a runner-up spot since then, they have enjoyed unparalleled success.’
    • ‘There are also excellent prizes on offer for the runners-up and all the contestants receive a memento of their weekend.’
    • ‘In addition, there is one set of specially produced Wainwright mugs on offer as a runner-up prize.’
    • ‘The runners-up will face the second team from group six in the play-offs.’
    • ‘The Love of Food team were awarded a runners-up prize of £1,000-worth of mentoring support.’
    • ‘One of their season's outstanding performances came against the league runners-up at the Avenue back in December.’
    • ‘A young travel agent has won a top industry award went on to scoop a runners-up place in a second national competition.’
    • ‘The under 16 team won the All County League and were runners-up in the South Down Championship.’
    • ‘These players were world youth champions in Nigeria, runners-up in the 2000 Olympic Games.’
    • ‘Those three points, however, might mean the difference between being champions and runners-up.’
    • ‘The group winners and runners-up qualify for the quarter-finals, as will the two teams with the next best records.’
    • ‘He also teamed with him, and they were the runners-up as tag team of the year.’
    • ‘Five went from the zone finals at Armley as champions, and one qualified as runners-up.’
    • ‘In accepting the trophy the Ilkley Captain praised the efforts of his team and the runners-up.’
    • ‘They won the first tournament's doubles finals and were then runners-up in the second tournament.’
    defeated person, also-ran, the defeated, the vanquished
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    1. 1.1 A competitor finishing behind the winner in the specified position.
      ‘third runner-up in last year's election’
      • ‘Everyone was standing in exultation when he was named as third runner-up.’
      • ‘He is coming off his third runner-up finish, and he also has a victory at Phoenix.’
      • ‘She also ended up being the fourth runner-up in the contest, as a 20- year-old dancer from Japan, was named Miss Universe 2007.’



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