shoo-in

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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.

shoo-in

A sure winner. This term comes from horse racing. The verb “to shoo” has long meant to drive or urge on. In the early 1900s corrupt jockeys would select a long shot to beat the faster horses, which would then be “shooed in” by the others. Turned into a noun, the expression now is used for a team, a political candidate, or other competitor, without any connotation of malfeasance.
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He also hinted that the FIBA World Cup could be Ravena's first tournament in his return from his FIBA suspension, essentially making him a shoo-in too.
Continued good economic news bolsters their belief that the president is a shoo-in to be re-elected.
Wright told the BBC: "Mesut Ozil on a free to Manchester United on a free looks a shoo-in.
So, naturally, you're a shoo-in for best babysitter of the summer, or maybe even a day camp counselor (who knew you had mad archery skills?).
Sablan also said that no one is still a shoo-in for the lineup: Hindi porket veteran ka, sigurado ka na.
Bill Jolly vvUnderestimatedo pposition Black Caviar's jockey thought it was a shoo-in and underestimated our top European sprinters.
After a triumphant night for Colin Firth and The King's Speech at the BAFTAs, film critic Mark Kermode says Firth is a shoo-in for an Oscar.
Henry, the classic WASP underachiever, is a shoo-in to join Nick at the college, where both his parents teach.
There was a sense last week that the forthcoming General Election is getting much too close to call, which is in itself quite amazing when you consider Mr Blair has been regarded as a shoo-in for most of this past 18 months.
Hot dog or not, Rickey Henderson became a tough-to-beat ball player in his day, and five years after he hangs up his spikes and closes out his major league career for good, hell be a shoo-in Hall of Fame candidate.
The message was presumptuous, to say the least, and surely not prophetic; the weekend Survivor challenge had barely begun and the Anglicans looked, like a shoo-in.
Gillian Wearing should have been a shoo-in again this year (she won in 1997) on the strength of her three-channel video projection Drunk, 1997-99.
American Beauty, he says, was considered a shoo-in, and few people had seen the Canadian film The Red Violin, for which he wrote the music.
a shoo-in as long-time Cushman & Wake-field clients?
Clyde Wells, the anti-Catholic former Newfoundland premier who laid the foundations for the destruction of Catholic education in that province, has been appointed Chief Justice of the Newfoundland Court of Appeal by his friend, the Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chretien....The Globe and Mail is promoting Louise Arbour, currently chief prosecutor of the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague, Holland, as a shoo-in for the retiring Peter Cory of the Supreme Court of Canada.
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