in the running
Entered as a competitor in a contest. For example, Is Mary in the running for this election? The antonym, out of the running, means “not entered as a competitor,” as in Ian is out of the running for the job now that he's living in another state. [Mid-1800s]
Having a chance to win, as in Mary's still in the running for the promotion. Again, out of the running means the opposite, as in He's too old—he's out of the running. [Mid-1800s] Both usages allude to the entry and chances of a horse in a race.
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The running machines are a gloomy chorus of heavy-footed stomping.
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Father Gaspara was about to ask another question, when Ramona appeared in the doorway, flushed with running.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
Such throats are trying, are they not?In case one catches cold; Ah, yes!