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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.

be a shoo-in

To be 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.

be a shoo-in

INFORMAL
If someone is a shoo-in for something such as an election or contest, they are certain to win. Note: `Shoo-in' is sometimes spelled `shoe-in'. The president seemed a shoo-in for a second term, even though the election was some 20 months away. She seemed like a shoo-in. But in the past month she has seen her 20-point lead reduced to a mere five percentage points.

be a ˈshoo-in

(American English, informal) be a person or team that will win easily or will definitely be chosen for something: He’s a shoo-in for governor.She was a shoo-in to win the award.

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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Interestingly, Dr Shoo thinks that important components of forest refugia can be restored within only 10-20 years.
Shoo peered at t' brochure fer a few minnits an' sed: "Ther looks ter be some reight good 'olidays in 'ere.
After being struck by Mr Godwin's van, Dr Shoo, of Gresford Road, Llay, passed under several cars, and died of severe multiple injuries, said Mr Gittins.
A spokesman said: "The reason The Three Little Cowboy Builders, from Shoo Fly Publishing, was not shortlisted was that it failed to reach the required standard across a number of criteria.
Nay, they're addressed ter thee, sooa Ah'll let thee deeal wi' it," shoo sed wi' a little smirk.
Ah 'ad mi yed stuck in t' mornin' paper as shoo gate raither wun up.
Sooa wen shoo wer straightenin' 'is bedclooathes shoo slipped t' mouse between t' sheets an' Jooa caught seet of it.
Th' attendances are gooin' daan an' daan," shoo mooaned.
Shoo sed it wer just a pity we din't 'ave a gret big dog, which maht 'ave given us some warnin' an' 'appens put off onny intruders.
But th' owd lass musta decahded shoo in't up ter it onny mooar, cos shoo din't sing afta awl.
Ah thowt thi back musta gooan ageean," shoo sed, wahpin' 'er 'ands on 'er pinny.
Yar Ethel wer due ter see t' doctor fer a check-up this week, sooa shoo went aat early on ter ring fer an appointment.