Definition of front-running in US English:



  • 1Ahead in a race or other competition.

    • ‘Two of the three front-running candidates are ex-cops.’
    • ‘If enemy missiles are ever intercepted and shot down over Canadian airspace, Canada will want to be involved - at least if front-running Liberal candidate Paul Martin becomes prime minister in 2004.’
    • ‘Several of the front-running riders are soon to take - or have already taken - their first sleep break.’
    • ‘Motivator jumped out and was always up with the pace behind the front-running Hattan.’
    • ‘Which leaves poor old Coulthard with one option - to drive with mesmerising skill this season, forcing Dennis to retain him through sheer success, or convincing the sport's other front-running teams that he is worth employing.’
    • ‘Seabiscuit overtook a pack of horses and stretched out for front-running Aneroid.’
    • ‘The pair took advantage of the stoppage to change onto wet tyres in their pit garage but the rest of the field made the change in their grid positions and the front-running pair were forced to restart from the pit lane.’
    • ‘The latest ugly campaign episode comes as new polls show the front-running parties becalmed in the eye of the hurricane-like rhetoric.’
    • ‘The 5-1 second favourite came with a well-timed run under the trainer's son Michael inside the final furlong to win cosily from Selective, who ran on to grab second by a short head from the front-running Norton.’
    • ‘Oaks third Shadow Dancing was third again this time, another length and a quarter back, with front-running Jalousie fourth.’
    • ‘The opening time will most likely coincide with the arrival of the front-running cyclists from the Sponsored Cycle Ride.’
    • ‘When Dole dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination, he joined the front-running campaign of Bush and soon became its press mouthpiece.’
    • ‘That mishap left him some 18 lengths or more adrift of the front-running leader Sweet Kiln but Walsh conjured a magnificent rally from Homer Wells and he was back in contention at the second-last.’
    • ‘In their apparent effort to tell us everything we could possibly want to know about the front-running Democratic presidential candidates, The New York Times and the Washington Post offer front-page stories Monday that go well beyond their positions on the issues or their standings in the polls.’
    • ‘Now, it's altogether possible that the front-running Dean will do just that.’
    • ‘Hahn tried, but failed, to inflict serious damage on the front-running challenger.’
    • ‘It escalated in the March 2002 race at Bristol, where Busch bumped front-running Spencer out of the way and went on to his first Winston Cup victory.’
    • ‘The mob heat is off the competition as last year's front-running nominee The Sopranos was out of the running because new episodes didn't show during this year's eligibility period.’
    • ‘The pair surged past front-running Snow Dance in midstretch and battled to the wire with Affluent holding the advantage in a time of 1: 50.03 for the 1 1/8 miles on a turf course listed as good.’
    • ‘Running on strongly, the 12-1 chance had a length and a half to spare over front-running One Trick Pony, who held on to second by a short-head from Eskimo Nell.’
    1. 1.1 (of an athlete or horse) running best when in front of the field.
      • ‘When this filly first got in Paddy Gallagher's barn and I rode her down the hill at Santa Anita, she tried to run like a front-running sprinter.’
      • ‘The fast front-running filly from Yorkshire has galloped into the hearts of punters and racegoers like few Flat racehorses of the modern era, with the exception of the ill-fated Persian Punch, writes Tim Richards.’
      • ‘‘The long stretch can be pretty taxing on a front-running horse,’ winning jockey Robert Landry said.’
      • ‘I think Santa Anita is going to favor a front-running horse, so that would work against us.’
      • ‘A front-running son of Saint Ballado, Flame Thrower fended off stretch challenges from Godolphin Racing's Street Cry in the Norfolk and Del Mar Futurity, winning those races by a neck and head, respectively.’


  • 1Stock Market
    The practice by market makers of dealing on advance information provided by their brokers and investment analysts, before their clients have been given the information.

    • ‘Such front-running would boost the funds' costs by driving stock prices up or down before they could adjust their portfolios, the industry argued.’
    • ‘Mr Killian asked Mr Baker whether he was talking about front-running, which Mr Baker denied.’
    • ‘Such dicey practices as insider trading and front-running have long been rampant in Moscow's bourses.’
    • ‘It is prone to collusion, manipulation and front-running.’
  • 2US The practice of giving one's support to a competitor because they are in front.