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, good loser
, good sport, hard-luck guy, hardcase, jailbird, lag, lemon, misfit, nebbish, poor unfortunate, sad sack, schlemiel, schlimazel, sport, stooge, sure loser
, the vanquished, underdog, unfortunate, victim, washout
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, has-been, office holder, official, occupant of a position, public servant, incumbent, winner, political, partisan, Money is the mother's milk of politics.