in contention

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in contention

  1. (sports) Contending for a title or championship.
    • 2011 March 1, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 2 - 1 Man Utd”, in BBC[1]:
      But Chelsea, who left Didier Drogba on the bench as coach Carlo Ancelotti favoured Fernando Torres, staged a stirring fightback to move up to fourth and keep United in their sights on a night when nothing other than victory would have kept the Blues in contention.
  2. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see in,‎ contention.