: one that is a certain and easy winner

Examples of shoo-in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bell seemed a roster shoo-in during the spring workout program as a rookie. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2023 Arizona Diamondbacks rookie Corbin Carroll is a shoo-in to win the award in the National League as perhaps one of the sport’s best outfielders. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 2 Sep. 2023 If this were Cannes, Besson’s latest would be a shoo-in for the Palm Dog, canine cinema’s highest honor. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Aug. 2023 Ryan Flynn, a senior vice president at NBCUniversal, told NYT that the network didn’t interview any other candidates – Kish was a shoo-in. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 23 Aug. 2023 With numbers like that, The Lincoln Lawyer seems like a shoo-in for a season 3 renewal. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 3 Aug. 2023 Martin, arguably the top offensive lineman in the NFL and shoo-in someday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, missed his third straight day of camp because of a contract holdout. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 27 July 2023 Strauss should be a shoo-in, except for one thing: his early association with Oppenheimer, who has fallen out of favor with the government. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 19 July 2023 But Poker Face was also supposed to be a shoo-in for the Comedy Series list. Time, 12 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shoo-in was in 1937

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“Shoo-in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shoo-in. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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: one that is a certain and easy winner

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