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front runner

The person or thing most likely to be awarded something. I hear that movie is the front runner for the Best Picture Oscar. Amanda's the front runner for the position—she's overqualified, honestly, and has a great attitude.
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front-runner

the person or thing thought most likely to win or succeed. The press found out some juicy secrets about the front-runner and made them all public. Who is the front-runner in the race to be governor?

front runner

n. the leader; the person or thing most likely to win. The press found out some juicy secrets about the front runner and made them all public.
See also: front, runner

front runner

Someone who is expected to win. The term comes from horse racing and began to be used figuratively in the first half of the 1900s. Its most prominent context is political, referring to a candidate who leads his or her opponents in an election, but it also occurs in other kinds of contest. Thus Wilbur Smith used it in Gold Mine (1970): “He had joined C.R.C. a mere twelve years previously and now he was the front runner.”
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Consider the presidential elections we have had thus far, and the front runners thereof: President Daniel Moi - front runner in 1992, and 1997 (on the general principle that any serving president must be considered to be the front runner when seeking reelection); Uhuru Kenyatta - front runner in 2002 (at least at the point where he was initially anointed by Moi); President Mwai Kibaki - front runner in 2007; Prime Minister Raila Odinga - front runner in 2013; and Uhuru Kenyatta again - front runner in 2017.
the fRont RUNNER (15) FOUR years after conceding the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Senator Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman) is widely seen as the Democrat front runner in 1988.
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Montgomerie, 45, only emerged as the front runner to lead Europe's bid to reclaim the coveted trophy at Celtic Manor last week after previously indicating he wanted to play in Wales and wait until Gleneagles in 2014 to be captain.
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The United Nations has emerged as the front runner for winning the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize, according to media speculation in Norway, home of the prestigious accolade.