- going or proceeding rapidly at the gait of a gallop.
- taught to proceed at a gallop.
- noting any block of a tackle that moves.
- noting the part of the fall of a tackle that moves through the blocks (opposed to standing).
- participating or entered as a competitor.
- under consideration as a candidate or possible choice: Who is still in the running for the directorship?
- among the winners or those making a good showing.
- not competing in a contest or race.
- not among the winners or runners-up in a contest or race: to finish out of the running.
Related formswell-run·ning, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for in the running
Idioms and Phrases with in the running (1 of 2)
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.
Idioms and Phrases with in the running (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with running
- running on empty
- running start
- hit the ground running
- in the running
- meter is running
- off and running