also-ran \AWL-soh-ran\, noun:
- Informal. A person who loses a contest, election, or other competition.
- Sports. A. (In a race) a contestant who fails to win or to place among the first three finishers. B. An athlete or team whose performance in competition is rarely, if ever, a winning or near-winning one.
- Informal. A person who attains little or no success: For every great artist there are a thousand also-rans.
Also-ran was first used in the late 1800s to refer to the losing horse in a horse race. The term was applied more broadly to the loser of any contest shortly thereafter.
- The act of hugging an imaginary person.
Lacey: Yo, McCarron, did you see Te'o trying to tackle me? It looked more like he was hugging an imaginary girlfriend.
McCarron: Yeah man, he was totally Te'oing
Which Hollywood hunk has a life-size wax likeness with a strokable chest and pinchable bottom on display at Madame Tussauds museum in London?
- Brad Pitt.
- Caligula: Roman emperor who had a reputation for freakish behavior was assassinated by his Praetorian Guards (41)
- gold rush: a gold nugget was found at Sutter's Mill in northern California; President Polk announced the find in December and the gold rush began (1848)
- Robert Baden-Powell: organized the first Boy Scout troop in England (1908)
- Eskimo Pie: chocolate-covered vanilla ice cream bar was patented by Christian K. Nelson; it aimed to satisfy cravings for ice cream and chocolate bars at once (1922)
- St. Petersburg: Russian city was renamed Leningrad three days after Lenin's death (1924)
- Shoichi Yokoi: Japanese soldier was discovered hiding on Guam, 28 years after American forces reconquered the island in the Battle of Guam (1972)
- Department of Homeland Security: began operations, headed by Tom Ridge (2003)
- Neil Diamond 1941
- Yakov Smirnoff 1951
- Mischa Barton 1986