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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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Absolutely, I think they are shoo-ins for a play-off spot and once in that knockout situation absolutely anything can happen as Hibs discovered to their cost against Falkirk in last year's Scottish Cup semi-final.
So, of course it's very early days to be thinking about that stuff, but I think when it comes to godparents, they're probably a shoo-in," the source said.
Airbus looked shoo-ins to end the first half of the season in the upper half of the table.
A Smithsonian museum near Washington, D.C., and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida were shoo-ins, leaving only two shuttles available to be placed elsewhere.
In Division A2, top two Lanchester and Chopwell are also level on points - and both look shoo-ins for promotion with third-placed Greenside 41 points behind.
Bell and Anderson appear shoo-ins for two of this year's central contracts, to be announced today alongside the one-day unit for Sri Lanka.
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.
Bury are therefore shoo-ins to feast on three easy points at the Abbey Stadium.
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. There is also that sticky problem of Indian identity.
Azkals coach Scott Cooper made no assurance that James and brother Phil Younghusband are shoo-ins for the squad, though he acknowledged that their vast experience will be helpful in the Azkals' campaign.
Karlan Grant and Alex Pritchard are shoo-ins for two of the forward places, leaving one more to be taken.
We are starting our scouting on five players whom we believe are shoo-ins, Mohammed, Al-Rayes, Suliman Abdi, Elhadary and Fouda.