In Contention Meaning
(sports) Contending for a title or championship.
Example: 2011 March 1, Phil McNulty, â€œChelsea 2 - 1 Man Utdâ€, BBC:
But Chelsea, who left Didier Drogba on the bench as coach Carlo Ancelotti favoured Fernando Torres, staged a stirring fightback to move up to fourth and keep United in their sights on a night when nothing other than victory would have kept the Blues in contention.
Used other than as an idiom: see in,â€Ž contention.