a candidate, competitor, etc., regarded as certain to win.
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How to use shoo-in in a sentence
Still “Happy,” truthfully, should have been a shoo-in for Record of the Year given its incessant popularity this past year.10 Biggest Grammy Award Snubs and Surprises: Meghan Trainor, Miley Cyrus & More | Kevin Fallon | December 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Of course the opposite is true too--if McAuliffe bucks history and wins, then Politico will have to write that HRC is a shoo-in.
The Gyllenhaal siblings are also a shoo-in, though I fear I would jibber and jabber—and possibly giggle—over Jake.
The Iron Lady actress bested frontrunner Viola Davis, who seemed a shoo-in for her turn in The Help.Meryl Streep, ‘The Artist,’ Billy Crystal: Best Moments From 2012 Oscars (VIDEO) | Shannon Donnelly | February 27, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Kicking off Oscar season, the Telluride Film Festival showcased shoo-in performances by George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, and more.
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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