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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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love, paramour, pet, certainty, choice, minion, ideal, preference, beloved, pick, dear, darling, main, idol, chalk, fave

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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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