Meaning of in (or out of) the running in English:

in (or out of) the running


  • In (or no longer in) contention for an award, victory, or a place in a team.

    ‘he is in the running for an Oscar’
    • ‘By then the winner tends to be known and three quarters of the teams know that they are out of the running.’
    • ‘He knows his team are out of the running and it riles.’
    • ‘As the league is rapidly coming to a close the trophies are up for grabs and all eight teams are still in the running.’
    • ‘The issue was not raised after Dean dropped out of the running.’
    • ‘All four teams in the East are within one game of each other and very much in the running.’
    • ‘Looking a few years down the line, I am hopeful of being in the running to be the first-choice keeper.’
    • ‘It never crossed my mind that I was even in the running, so it was bit of a shock.’
    • ‘So who is likely to be in the running for the honour and responsibility that goes with this new post?’
    • ‘A quick-thinking team who helped prevent an air crash are in the running for a top honour.’
    • ‘But they are hardly out of the running for the finals - so reports about player unhappiness with the coach are hardly well timed.’
    likely to get, likely to receive, likely to win, in contention for, a candidate for, in line for, on the shortlist for, being considered for, up for
    out of contention, out of the competition, out of the contest, no longer a candidate for