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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.

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

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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A US warship with the body number 02 was approaching the fishing boat but it was shooed away after receiving a warning from the Iranian warship.
She told MPs: "We do intend to make clear in the Equality Bill that it's not acceptable for women who are breastfeeding their babies to be shooed out of restaurants, public galleries and other public places.
Summary: Nagpur (Maharashtra) [India], Mar 23 (ANI): Stray dogs are the ones who are often shooed away but a woman in Nagpur has proved that humanity is still alive as she has been feeding more than 400 stray dogs on a daily basis for the past 20 years.
TEHRAN (FNA)- A US warship was shooed away from Iran's territorial waters after it received a tough warning from an Iranian navy vessel.
Others shooed them off their lawns and on their way.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Navy for Operations Admiral Siyavash Jarreh announced that the Navy's 24th fleet of warship shooed away an Australian reconnaissance plane seeking to approach the Iranian fleet of warships near the coasts of Sri Lanka.
Police finally shooed them off but not before they had munched lawns and hedges in Alderley Edge, Cheshire.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian warships shooed away the military chopper of a western country which was approaching the Iranian Navy's wargame zone, a senior Iranian commander stated.
Iran's air-defense units shooed away a US military reconnaissance plane seeking to approach the Iranian Army's war-game zone in the Strait of Hormuz and northern Indian Ocean during the drills.