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running mate

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  1. a candidate for an office linked with another and more important office, as for the vice-presidency.
  2. a horse entered in a race in which another, more important, horse from the same stable, or belonging to the same owner, is run.
  3. a close companion.

Origin of running mate

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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  • It is rumored that from the state of sisal and henequen he will pick his running-mate.

    Diplomatic Days

    Edith O'Shaughnessy

  • Why Madero insists on that running-mate we don't understand.

    Diplomatic Days

    Edith O'Shaughnessy

  • She was treated, accordingly, as some exquisite chorus-girl or cabaret-pony that he had selected as a running-mate.

  • She took good care to choose Désirée for her "running-mate," and as they were both fleet of foot they scored considerably.

British Dictionary definitions for running mate

running mate

  1. US a candidate for the subordinate of two linked positions, esp a candidate for the vice-presidency
  2. a horse that pairs another in a team
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