Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

in the running

in the running
Meaning(s)
1) competition
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • in the running for something
  • Analysis
    To be 'in the running' for something means you are a contender for something such as an award, victory or scheme. If you are in the running it is possible to be chosen for something. "The Labour party is of course in the running for the next election." "I am in the running for a big promotion." Similar in meaning to be in with a shot or in with a chanceThis is an idiomatic expression used in social and professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Everyone who buys a lottery ticket will be in the running to win the jackpot.
    2. You have to be in the top twenty percentile in order to be in the running for a place on the course.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. David was disappointed to hear that he was not in the running for the management position.
    2. I was nominated by my company and now I'm in the running to win the marketing award.
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