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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
1935-1940
1935-40, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for frontrunner

frontrunner

/ˈfrʌntˌrʌnə/
noun
1.
(informal) the leader or a favoured contestant in a race, election, etc
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Word Origin and History for frontrunner
n.

also front-runner, of political candidates, 1908, American English, a metaphor from horse racing (where it is used by 1903 of a horse that runs best while in the lead).

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Slang definitions & phrases for frontrunner

front runner

noun phrase

The leader in a contest, election, etc: That left as front runners Runcie and England's second-ranking churchman (1914+ fr racing)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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