out of the running

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

out of the running

  1. (idiomatic) No longer in a competition; eliminated from consideration.
    When it was revealed he had shielded a friend from prosecution when he was the district attorney, he was out of the running for a judicial appointment.
    • 8 Jan 2020, Felicity Cloake in The Guardian, How to make the perfect gluten-free chocolate brownies – recipe
      What that flour is hardly seems to matter too much, either – indeed, one of the finest examples I’ve ever eaten was shared, rather grudgingly, it must be admitted, with a coeliac friend. But, with my usual plain white out of the running here, what’s the best substitute for a deliciously squidgy, delightfully rich result?

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