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front runner

or front-run·ner, front·run·ner

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  1. a person who leads in any competition.
  2. an entrant in a race who breaks to the front immediately and establishes the pace for the field.
  3. 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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Related Words for frontrunner

favorite, shoo-in, choice, pick, darling, idol, pacesetter, pacemaker, love, paramour, pet, certainty, minion, ideal, preference, beloved, dear, main, chalk, contender

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British Dictionary definitions for frontrunner


  1. informal the leader or a favoured contestant in a race, election, etc
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Word Origin and History for frontrunner


also front-runner, of political candidates, 1908, American English, a metaphor from horse racing (where it is used by 1903 of a horse that runs best while in the lead).

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