one-horse race

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one-horse race

A competition in which one participant is superior to the others and thus more likely to win. After interviewing all of the job candidates, it's clearly a one-horse race. Nobody can beat Kim's experience and qualifications.
See also: race
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a one-horse race

mainly BRITISH
If a contest is a one-horse race, it is obvious even before it starts that one person or team is much better than the others and will win. Marseilles are threatening to turn the French championship into a one-horse race. The election was a one-horse race really, the president winning by a massive majority.
See also: race
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

one-horse race

a contest in which one candidate or competitor is clearly superior to all the others and seems certain to win.
1995 Sun (Baltimore) The Rangers, who have won six of their last seven, could make it a one-horse race in a hurry.
See also: race
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a one-horse ˈrace

a competition, etc. in which there is only one team or candidate with a chance of winning: It seems that the presidential elections are going to be a one-horse race this time. OPPOSITE: be wide open
See also: race
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