Definition of front runner in English:

front runner


  • 1The contestant that is leading in a race or other competition.

    ‘the front runner for the presidential nomination’
    • ‘In last Sunday's article about the new elite director of Scottish rugby we listed a number of candidates but mysteriously omitted to mention the front runner for the post.’
    • ‘Most of the pack came in within 5-7 minutes of the front runners.’
    • ‘The former governor of a New England state is emerging as the Democrats front runner in the US presidential election race.’
    • ‘I thought it might be hard to get near to the front runners from that far back on the grid, but I didn't expect something like this on the first lap.’
    • ‘The peloton continues to make small inroads into the breakaway group's lead, but they seem content to allow the front runners to set the pace.’
    • ‘This was the only race of the day where the front runner did not control the race.’
    • ‘We were running much faster than the front runners, and at that time we had a very good chance to win the race, then the right rear came off and that was the end of that.’
    • ‘Everyone's saying the car is going to be one of the front runners, it's going to be well up there…’
    • ‘The 23-year-old said: ‘There is nothing worse than being in a race and not being able to mix it with the front runners.’’
    • ‘This category has frequently presented the biggest upset, and the front runner in most cases rarely wins.’
    • ‘He raced behind the two front runners early before assuming command 150 yards from the finish line and drawing clear by two lengths.’
    • ‘He's always up there amongst the front runners and is as cool and calm as you'd want a jockey to be.’
    • ‘By now the juniors, who started later, had caught up with and were passing adult stragglers; another hazard to contend with and not easy for competitive front runners.’
    • ‘He is the front-runner and I think he will continue to be the front runner until the other candidates get its message together and pull the staff together.’
    • ‘In the solo category, a second consecutive day of temperatures reaching 110F caused difficulties for some riders, yet the punishing heat did not seem to affect the pace of the front runners.’
    • ‘But in any case, we have what it takes to be right among the front runners.’
    • ‘Others scored well but could not touch the front runners.’
    • ‘Administrators running City said the consortium of local businesses who yesterday withdrew from the race to salvage the Minstermen were not among the front runners of interested parties.’
    • ‘Are there analogous reasons for some open source software projects to drop out of a race, endorse a front runner, and help with its campaign?’
    • ‘The three front runners each won three key awards.’
    expected winner, probable winner
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    1. 1.1 An athlete or horse that runs best when in the front of the field.
      • ‘‘The strong headwind did not help a front runner, it was a killer but he has run a great race,’ he said.’


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