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consolation prize

a prize, usually of minor value, given to the loser or runner-up in a contest, competition, etc., or to all losers who have performed well or met certain standards.
Origin of consolation prize
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It seemed a consolation prize to those who have been forbidden to think.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley
  • At best they have been but a "consolation prize" or a narcotic.

  • "A consolation prize; open it after you start," he whispered.

    Six Girls and the Tea Room

    Marion Ames Taggart
  • Or are you to figure as the consolation prize for his widow?

    The King of Arcadia Francis Lynde
  • It was a sort of false socialism, this pretence of moral equality, a kind of consolation prize that was thus emphasised.

    At Large Arthur Christopher Benson
British Dictionary definitions for consolation prize

consolation prize

a prize given to console a loser of a game
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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