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shoo-in

Someone or something that is predicted to easily win a competition. Julia is a shoo-in for this year's spelling bee—she's the best speller in the whole town.

shoo-in

(ˈʃuɪn)
n. an easy winner. My horse was a shoo-in. It won by a mile.
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Absolutely, I think they are shoo-ins for a play-off spot and once in that knockout situation absolutely anything can happen as Hibs discovered to their cost against Falkirk in last year's Scottish Cup semi-final.
James Anderson and Stuart Broad are shoo-ins, meaning Onions is battling it out with both Tim Bresnan and Steven Finn for the final spot in the side.
Airbus looked shoo-ins to end the first half of the season in the upper half of the table.
Meanwhile Blackpool - who looked awesome and shoo-ins as promotion contenders as they battered shell-shocked Boro at Bloomfield Road - were made to look ordinary in a 3-0 defeat at Cardiff.
and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida were shoo-ins, leaving only two shuttles available to be placed elsewhere.
Whether or not the stars will make the series bonafide pick-up shoo-ins is, naturally, still unknown.
In Division A2, top two Lanchester and Chopwell are also level on points - and both look shoo-ins for promotion with third-placed Greenside 41 points behind.
There are already two summer of 2008 releases that we can proclaim blockbuster hits and that are shoo-ins to cross the coveted $300 million mark in domestic grosses.
Captain Scott Nicholls, along with Coventry star Chris Harris and the experienced Lee Richardson, are shoo-ins for the whole tournament, assuming Richardson makes a successful return from a broken wrist.
Bell and Anderson appear shoo-ins for two of this year's central contracts, to be announced today alongside the one-day unit for Sri Lanka.
I thought there were five shoo-ins - Stefan Klos, Arthur Numan, Jackie McNamara, Chris Sutton and Henrik Larsson - and they all made it.
Far, far worse are primary elections, those largely overlooked "first-round" contests where the vast majority of candidates who win the dominant party's nomination are virtual shoo-ins for November.
Because of their charismatic personality and manipulative manner, sociopaths are shoo-ins for almost any job they interview for.
Horn-Miller, who was a co-captain for the Canadian entry at the Pan American Games and provides plenty of offensive punch from her driver (outside shooter) position, should be among those considered shoo-ins for the Olympic club.
Judging whose writing should be included is without question a precarious high-wire act, though critically acclaimed writers like Erdrich, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Paula Gunn Allen were shoo-ins.