In the running

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British pronunciation/ɪnðə ɹˈʌnɪŋ/
American pronunciation/ɪnðə ɹˈʌnɪŋ/
in the running
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having a chance to win or succeed, particularly in a competition

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in the running definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "in the running" and when to use it?

"In the running" is a sports metaphor that comes from foot racing. In a race, the competitors who are still "in the running" are those who have not yet fallen behind or been eliminated from the race, meaning they still have a chance to win. It can be used to describe individuals or teams who are competing for a prize or goal, as well as products or ideas that are being considered for a particular opportunity.

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If she continues to perform well, she will be in the running for a promotion at work.
With each passing mile, the elastic in the running shorts began to stretch.
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