American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that takes second place, as in a game, sport, or other competition.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In tennis, golf, and similar games, the player next to the winner.
- n. the competitor who finishes second
“-- ATH Lamar Ivey, Mebane, N.C. -- He led Eastern Alamance High to a school-record 14 wins and a runner-up finish in the 3A state playoffs last season, passing for 2,210 yards and rushing for 1,407 with a combined 43 touchdowns.”
“The Belgian player was runner-up in Brisbane and at the Australian Open.”
“Stenson was the only player without a bogey on his round and missed just one fairway en route to a sterling 6-under-par 66 to beat runner-up Ian Poulter by four shots.”
“Ed Marinaro as a Cornell running back was the Heisman runner-up in 1971 — in a race in which he faced negative campaigning from schools who mocked the quality of Ivy League play.”
“No. 2 Phil Mickelson, the winner here in 2007, is coming off a win at the Masters and a runner-up to Rory McIlroy in the Quail Hollow Championship.”
“Former coach John Calipari revived the program and led the school to a national runner-up finish against Kansas in 2008.”
“He was the Cy Young runner-up in the National League in 2010 and the third-place finisher in 2009.”
“Most of the fans who have been following the twists and turns of this thrilling 2011 World Series are not long-time fans of either the victorious Cardinals or the runner-up Rangers.”
“I'm giving the runner-up slot to Steve Newlin's fangs and first place to the sudden, bloody arrival of the Eric-Bill alliance.”
“The Super Bowl runner-up Pittsburgh Steelers were crushed by divisional rivals the Baltimore Ravens in their opening game with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger having a shaky start with three interceptions and two fumbles.”
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