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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?
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Sebi begun its probe after receiving two separate references from the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange on suspected instances of front-running of the orders of HDFC MF.
Fresh from a front-running success at the Curragh last Sunday, the Sean Treacytrained and David Moranridden Taralga landed the mileand-a-half handicap.
This two and a half mile trip is ideal for Solerina, who has won it for the past two years and the front-running mare will certainly take some pegging back.
Andy Sheets hit three homers and drove in four runs and Shinjiro Hiyama had three RBIs as the front-running Hanshin Tigers routed the Yomiuri Giants 9-3 in the Central League on Tuesday.
Watson Lake jumped to the front of the Cheltenham picture after a display of front-running under Paul Carberry in the Flyingbolt Novice Chase at Navan yesterday.
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Daft said that Coca-Cola would be engaging an executive search company to assist in finding a successor and that any suitably qualified person would be considered alongside the front-running internal candidate, Steven Heyer, currently the group's president and chief operating officer.
Their campaigns announced that, and I'm conflating wildly here, they were not in favor of gay marriage, despite having gay relatives, but they were in favor of civil unions and they hated that little upstart Confederate flag-waving front-running Vermont governor for bringing the whole thing up in the first place.
The Jonjo O'Neill-trained six-year-old adopted his usual front-running tactics and jumped fluently to lead main market rival Back In Front (6-4) throughout.
Governor Cruz Bustamante is the front-running Democratic candidate to replace incumbent Gray Davis should Davis be recalled.
A DETERMINED display of front-running against some of the world's greatest halfmarathon runners gave Sonia O'Sullivan her second Bupa Great North Run title.
Meanwhile, the so-called traditional definition of marriage is defended by bigoted clerics, philandering politicians, and the front-running Democratic presidential candidate, who says he's our friend.
Residential investment posted its sixth consecutive quarterly drop, while net exports were hit by a drop in exports after front-running boosts in Q4 and Q1.
Milansbar looked a different horse when Bryony Frost adopted front-running tactics at Warwick her only ride on the 11-year-old.
What we witnessed was surely one of the best ever front-running rides.