Definition of in contention in English:

in contention

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  • Having a good chance of success in a contest.

    ‘three penalties kept the team firmly in contention’
    • ‘he was in contention for the batting title in September’
    • ‘I have a lot more confidence that, if I just play my game, I'll have a chance to be in contention on the weekend.’
    • ‘It was nice to get back there again and be in contention with a chance to win coming up the back nine on Sunday.’
    • ‘So players who did not turn up for training with the County team ruled themselves out of contention.’
    • ‘We were one of the smallest teams there that was in contention and we ended up fourth.’
    • ‘The club has been running for three years and a number of the teams are now in contention for league titles.’
    • ‘I wanted to test out trying to stay in contention for the whole race, rather than just going for individual stage wins.’
    • ‘Will he get enough votes outside the town to keep him in the race and in contention for a seat?’
    • ‘His team is out of contention, with virtually no hope of playing in the World Series.’
    • ‘Both sides are very much in contention for a place in the semi-finals of the competition.’
    • ‘If that nine holes had been successful and he'd got to remain in contention, he might well have had a good season.’
    • ‘The true aim is to get back in contention, and for that to deliver a sense of contentment that is long overdue.’
    • ‘You know, I'm sure this year we'll have the equipment to be in contention of winning races.’
    • ‘The blunder took him out of contention for the presidential nomination.’
    • ‘A win here would be very useful and get us back into contention in the league.’
    • ‘He's got to get his head down and fight his way back into contention.’
    • ‘Serious questions remain as to the readiness, willingness and fitness to lead of those in main contention.’
    • ‘He feels clearing that height at the Olympics is good enough to make the final and put him in medal contention.’
    • ‘Players darted into contention and equally swiftly darted out again, but a precious few stayed with it until the end.’
    • ‘If he could come in around 6,000 he will be in serious contention for the last seat.’
    • ‘The day when those who have made the cut try to haul themselves into contention for the big prizes.’
    in competition, competing, contesting, contending, challenging, vying
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