front-runner

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front-run·​ner | \ ˈfrənt-ˌrə-nər How to pronounce front-runner (audio) \

Definition of front-runner

1 : a contestant who runs best when in the lead
2 : a leading contestant in or as if in a rivalry or competition a political front-runner

First Known Use of front-runner

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Front-runner.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/front-runner. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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front-runner

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English Language Learners Definition of front-runner

: the person or thing that is most likely to win a race or competition

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