Meaning of also-ran
Pronunciation: (ôl'sō-ran"), [key]
- (in a race) a contestant who fails to win or to place among the first three finishers.
- an athlete or team whose performance in competition is rarely, if ever, a winning or near-winning one.
- a person who loses a contest, election, or other competition.
- a person who attains little or no success: For every great artist there are a thousand also-rans.
- also-ran (Thesaurus)