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noun Informal.
  1. a candidate, competitor, etc., regarded as certain to win.
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Origin of shoo-in

1945–50, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase shoo in
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Related Words for shoo in

sure, solid, reliable, able, confident, easy, stable, strong, word, pledge, support, assertion, affirmation, promise, security, guarantee, coup, success, win, accomplishment

British Dictionary definitions for shoo in


  1. a person or thing that is certain to win or succeed
  2. a match or contest that is easy to win
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Word Origin and History for shoo in



"easy winner" (especially in politics)," 1939, from earlier sense "horse that wins a race by pre-arrangement" (1928); the verb phrase shoo in in this sense is from 1908; from shoo (v.) + in (adv.).

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