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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reported that the FrontRunner Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) achieved the unprecedented milestone of more than two billion tons of surface material moved autonomously.
Fresh from his derogatory comments on Muslims and Mexicans, he told a talk show host that those who carry out abortions should receive "some form of punishment." His words were on the receiving end of harsh criticism from immediate rival Ted Cruz, who used what was labelled by the press as an error of judgement, against the frontrunner as John Kasich said he was against punishment as well.
Billionaire Mr Trump, still the frontrunner in the hunt for delegates, took Louisiana and Kentucky.
Currently used for hauling either overburden to waste dumps or ore to the crusher area or stockpiles, the FrontRunner trucks are typically loaded by conventionally operated manned loading tools such as shovels or front-end loaders.
The identity of the frontrunner remains a mystery with a non-disclosure agreement in place.
Yaduvendra Mathur is believed to be the frontrunner for the post of chairman and managing director of the EXIM Bank in India.
The opening of the FrontRunner South line to Provo is an investment in the future, says Michael Allegra, UTA general manager.
Summary: Singer-turned-actor Justin Timberlake is the frontrunner to play the main part in a remake of Dirty Dancing.
Washington, Jan 16 (ANI): Brad Pitt is the frontrunner to play Steve McQueen in a movie about the late actor's life.
A BBC source said: "Tom is the frontrunner for the job and is very interested.
Giuliani has been the frontrunner for the Republican nomination since the start of the year, and according to Gallup's latest poll (conducted Aug.
That is, his basic argument (1996a, 2003a, 73-78, 2003b; Mayer and Busch 2004, 65) is "the contemporary presidential nomination process is usually favorable to frontrunners." In one forecasting analysis, which covered both Republican and Democratic nomination contests from 1980 to 2000, Mayer (2003b) found that the frontrunner won seven out of ten contests and had led the field "in the national polls for at least a year before the Iowa caucuses." As such, Mayer (2000) concludes, "When the ride finally ends, we usually wind up exactly where we started out"--with the frontrunner winning the nomination.
Mark Madgwick, who has operated the Frontrunner system for racing stables for more than 20 years, is introducing Frontrunner for Windows, an update to the DOS version developed over 12 years ago and adopted by more than 100 yards in Britain and Ireland.
CATHOLIC continues to be the frontrunner among its competition from this interdenominational press association.
Initially, McClellan was considered the frontrunner to succeed his boss, Thompson.