or front-runner, frontrunner
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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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How to use front runner in a sentence
Thomas Sadoski should be the frontrunner to play every smarmy privileged thirty-something from now on.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble|Kevin Fallon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rounds is still the frontrunner and has led in every poll so far.South Dakota's Bizarre Four-Way (Senate Election, That Is)|Ben Jacobs|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A Republican frontrunner for 2016 wants to work with dictators to stop the Islamic State.Rand Paul Wants to Team Up With Assad and Iran to Stop ISIS|Olivia Nuzzi|September 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The younger Paul is an early frontrunner for the Republican nomination, although he has not yet announced his candidacy.Ron Paul Dons 9/11 Truther Tin Foil|Olivia Nuzzi|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Paul has secured his status as the early frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.Rand Paul’s Daddy Issues|Olivia Nuzzi|July 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for front runner
/ (ˈfrʌntˌrʌnə) /
informal the leader or a favoured contestant in a race, election, etc
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