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front runner

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noun
a person who leads in any competition.
an entrant in a race who breaks to the front immediately and establishes the pace for the field.
an entrant in a race who performs well only when ahead of the field.
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Origin of front runner

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40
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British Dictionary definitions for front runner

frontrunner
/ (ˈfrʌntˌrʌnə) /

noun
informal the leader or a favoured contestant in a race, election, etc
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