in the running: meaning and explanation
If you are in the running for something, you are still involved in the competition for something and therefore still have a chance of being successful.
For example – if you say that four people are in the running for a job, it means that the company are considering four different people – they all have a chance of getting the job.
When someone is eliminated from a process, they are out of the running, or no longer in the running.
Have a go at these micro-dictation exercises to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?
Accent: England (RP)
About the sentence
…After Dublin pulled out…
You can practise the phrasal verb to pull out of something here.
Accent: Northern EnglandAvailable soon
Accent: North AmericaAvailable soon
Here are some questions/links to help you learn the new vocabulary:
- Are you currently in the running for anything?
- Can you remember a time when you were just happy to be in the running for something, even though you had no chance of being successful?