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runner-up

[ ruhn-er-uhp ]
/ ˈrʌn ərˈʌp /
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noun, plural run·ners-up.

the competitor, player, or team finishing in second place, as in a race, contest, or tournament.
runners-up, the competitors who do not win a contest but who place ahead of the majority of the contestants and share in prizes or honors, as those who place second, third, and fourth, or in the top ten.

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Origin of runner-up

First recorded in 1835–45
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runner-up

noun plural runners-up

a contestant finishing a race or competition in second place
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