front runner

front runner

noun
1.
a person who leads in any competition.
2.
an entrant in a race who breaks to the front immediately and establishes the pace for the field.
3.
an entrant in a race who performs well only when ahead of the field.
Also, front-runner, frontrunner.


Origin:
1935–40, Americanism

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