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as in:  lost by default


Our bus broke down, so we didn’t get there on time and lost the game by default.
  a result in a competition due to a competitor not showing up or not meeting minimum requirements
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  • Our bus broke down, so we didn’t get there on time and lost the game by default.
  • My opponent didn’t show up, so I won by default.
  • There are only three companies in town that provide the service and ours is the only one that is bonded, so we got the contract by default.
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Business, Personal Finance, Law
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