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Words used to describe positions in a competition

against

preposition

used for stating who or what you are trying to defeat in a game, race, or fight

clear

adjective

winning by a particular distance or number of points in a race or competition

close

adjective

won or settled by only a few points, votes etc

close-run

adjective

won or settled by only a few points, votes etc

competing

adjective

competing teams or organizations are all trying to win a competition

equal

adjective

an equal game, fight, election, or competition is between people or groups that have the same ability

level

adjective

equal in a competition

out

adverb, preposition

used for saying that someone is not allowed to continue taking part in a competition or series of games, especially because they have been defeated

position

noun

the place that someone or something has in a list or competition

unopposed

adjective, adverb

if someone does something unopposed, no one competes against them or tries to stop them

versus

preposition

used for showing that two people, groups, or teams are competing against each other in a sports event or a court case

victorious

adjective

having won a competition or battle

with

preposition

used for showing who you compete, fight, or argue against

front-running

adjective

by a neck

a competition that is won by a neck is won by a very small distance

in competition with

in a situation in which you are trying to get something that other people also want

in front

winning a competition, game, or election that is not yet finished

no contest

used for emphasizing that it is obvious who will win in a situation where different people, companies, teams etc are competing

on an equal footing

with the same rights and conditions as someone you are competing with

on the run

in a weak position in an argument, competition etc

out in front

winning a competition, game, or election that is not yet finished by a fairly large amount

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a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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