frontrunner

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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frontrunner (ˈfrʌntˌrʌnə)
 
n
informal the leader or a favoured contestant in a race, election, etc

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frontrunner
also front-runner, 1914, a metaphor from racing.
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front runner definition


  1. n.
    the leader; the person or thing most likely to win. : The press found out some juicy secrets about the front runner and made them all public.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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