front runner

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front runner

The person or thing most likely to be awarded something. I hear that movie is the front runner for the Best Picture Oscar. Amanda's the front runner for the position—she's overqualified, honestly, and has a great attitude.
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front-runner

the person or thing thought most likely to win or succeed. The press found out some juicy secrets about the front-runner and made them all public. Who is the front-runner in the race to be governor?

front runner

n. the leader; the person or thing most likely to win. The press found out some juicy secrets about the front runner and made them all public.
See also: front, runner

front runner

Someone who is expected to win. The term comes from horse racing and began to be used figuratively in the first half of the 1900s. Its most prominent context is political, referring to a candidate who leads his or her opponents in an election, but it also occurs in other kinds of contest. Thus Wilbur Smith used it in Gold Mine (1970): “He had joined C.R.C. a mere twelve years previously and now he was the front runner.”
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There's no doubt that Bernie Sanders is still popular in NH - so popular, in fact, that he's the front-runner in the Dem prez primary, Joe Biden or no Joe Biden.
While Gehlot is being seen as the front-runner for the chief ministership, supporters of Sachin Pilot allegedly indulged in violence and arson at some places in Rajasthan, apparently unhappy that their leader may not make it.
A source has claimed the star is the front-runner to direct the next movie and was meeting with executives in Los Angeles.
The source said: "There are around six to eight interested parties and he is the front-runner. Arif and his family are serious contenders."
"Dubai, which would be the first host of a world's fair in the Middle East, has emerged as the front-runner, offering the most financial and governmental support."
Guinea-Bissau was just weeks away from holding a presidential runoff election when soldiers attacked the front-runner's home and arrested him along with the country's interim president.
The Texas governor remains the front-runner, but his momentum appears to be slowing down.
In the other nine, the nominee rose to the top of the pack in the year prior to the election, and in eight of those elections, the nominee was the front-runner by March.
Montgomerie, 45, only emerged last week as the front-runner to lead Europe's bid to reclaim the coveted trophy at Celtic Manor after previously indicating he wanted to play in Wales and wait until Gleneagles in 2014 to be captain.
"She is certainly the front-runner and odds on favourite now," O'Neil said.
Archbishop Vincent Nichols, aged 61, has become increasingly popular in Rome and is now seen as the front-runner to replace the current Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, who is expected to resign in August.
Some Wall Street analysts picked Sheares as the front-runner to replace former Merck CEO Raymond Gilmartin, who was set to retire this year.
The momentum was all with the latter and she touched 1.22 while Bang And Blame spiked out to 9, but the front-runner found extra when challenged and ground out a courageous win.
It would make designer Bart Rutan the front-runner for the pounds 5.6million Ansari X-Prize, which aims to boost space tourism.
The party apparatus seemed hostile to Dean's run, unconcerned with attacks on him, and anxious for him to quit the race.) Yet despite the fact that the gatekeeper press had anointed him the front-runner, Dean failed to win a single primary other than Vermont's in March, long after his candidacy was finished.