noun Informal.

a candidate, competitor, etc., regarded as certain to win.

Nearby words

  1. shonky,
  2. shoo,
  3. shoo-fly,
  4. shoo-fly pie,
  5. shoo-fly plant,
  6. shoofly,
  7. shoofly pie,
  8. shoogle,
  9. shook,
  10. shook up

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. 2019

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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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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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