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Was a smuggler, too, but a loser (4-3)

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also-ran

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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for also-ran that I've seen before include "Not among the first three in race", "In race, not placed in first three", "Non-winner in race", "Non-winning horse", "Unsuccessful competitor", "Not placed in first three finishers", "A contestant who loses", "One of the losers", "Poor performer in race" and "Unplaced horse".)

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