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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.
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I thought there were five shoo-ins - Stefan Klos, Arthur Numan, Jackie McNamara, Chris Sutton and Henrik Larsson - and they all made it.
Far, far worse are primary elections, those largely overlooked "first-round" contests where the vast majority of candidates who win the dominant party's nomination are virtual shoo-ins for November.
Because of their charismatic personality and manipulative manner, sociopaths are shoo-ins for almost any job they interview for.
Horn-Miller, who was a co-captain for the Canadian entry at the Pan American Games and provides plenty of offensive punch from her driver (outside shooter) position, should be among those considered shoo-ins for the Olympic club.
Judging whose writing should be included is without question a precarious high-wire act, though critically acclaimed writers like Erdrich, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Paula Gunn Allen were shoo-ins.
MOST of the players I've gone for in my Team of the Season so far picked themselves - my goalkeeper and centre-forward, in particular, were shoo-ins.
But tough work remains cut out for shoo-ins like double gold medalist Trenten Beram, hurdle specialist Eric Cray, decathlon star Aries Toledo and Tabal starting in the 8th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Tehran, Iran next February.
June Mar Fajardo, the reigning four-time PBA MVP, Jason Castro, Calvin Abueva, Gabe Norwood, Terrence Romeo, Matthew Wright and RR Pogoy are the consensus shoo-ins for the final 12-man lineup in Tokyo.
With old heads Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer looking like shoo-ins for Hazeltine next month, the 12th and final place will be a choice between Clarke's fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell (right), Luke Donald or US-based Russell Knox.
That's just seven teams that will be considered shoo-ins to the postseason.
Everton are plenty short enough at 4-11 though that won't deter big-hitters, who probably regard them as shoo-ins.
On Saturday, the Swans were said to be shoo-ins to lose to Everton.
Although the Eagles are now six points clear at the top of the BBL - and 12 points clear of Drew Sullivan's Riders - Flournoy dismisses suggestions that his team are shoo-ins to reclaim the crown they surrendered last year.
Rushton - would be shoo-ins for the preliminary round.
Munster and Leinster are shoo-ins for the top four, leaving third-placed Ulster, fourth-placed Ospreys and the Blues doing battle for the remaining positions.