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Noted loser by a whisker (4 letter answer)

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The answer GORE is seen frequently, appearing about once every 110 puzzles.

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GORE as a noun:

1. (Gore, Al Gore, Albert Gore Jr.) = Vice President of the United States under Bill Clinton (born in 1948)
2. coagulated blood from a wound
3. a triangular piece of cloth
4. (bloodshed, gore) = the shedding of blood resulting in murder; "he avenged the bloodshed of his kinsmen"

GORE as a verb:

1. wound by piercing with a sharp or penetrating object or instrument
2. cut into gores; "gore a skirt"