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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
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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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