[ shoo-in ]
/ ˈʃuˌɪn /

noun Informal.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for shoo in



a person or thing that is certain to win or succeed
a match or contest that is easy to win
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