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shoe-in

Slang definitions & phrases for shoe-in

shoo-in

modifier

: to be a shoe-in candidate

noun
  1. A horse that wins a race by prearrangement (1928+ Horse racing)
  2. A person, team, candidate, etc, certain to win; cinch, sure thing: The big, powerful Trojans were the shoo-ins (1939+)

[shoe-in may simply be a misspelling, but it is probably based on a misunderstanding of the origin of the term; it is a sort of folk etymology]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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