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    up South Africa

    Hello,

    I saw below sentence and can't figure out the exact meaning of "up". I looked up the dictionary and it seems none of the meanings of "up" is appropriate.
    Does it mean eventual runners from South Africa in the sentence?

    Thanks vm!

    /In 2014 on home soil, New Zealand had little to no build-up to the world championships, and ended up suffering two defeats at the hands of eventual runners up South Africa./

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    Re: up South Africa

    There should be a hyphen in 'runners-up'.

    South Africa came second in the championships.

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    Re: up South Africa

    South Africa were eventually the runners-up.

    Would you have understood it initially if the hyphen had been there?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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