Front-runner meaning

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One who is leading in a race or competition.
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A contestant or entry that runs best when in the lead.
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A person who supports a political candidate, sports team, etc. because they are leading their race or competition.
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Alternative spelling of front runner.
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(idiomatic) The most likely winners in a contest, election, etc.

Scolari and Curbishley were among the front runners for the vacant England job, but McClaren got the job in the end.

According to the media, she is the front-runner in the forthcoming election.

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(finance, business) One who engages in front running.
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One that is in a leading position in a race or other competition.

The front-runner for the presidential nomination.

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A competitor who performs best when in the lead.
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Origin of front-runner