One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person or thing that is certain to succeed, especially someone who is certain to win a competition.‘he was a shoo-in for re-election’
easy victory, runaway victory, rout, landslide, triumph, game, set, and match, giftView synonyms
- ‘He was a natural candidate as a Liberal, a shoo-in for Cabinet, and - who knows? - a potential prime minister-in-waiting.’
- ‘Holland is arguably the most talented team in the competition after France, but the Oranje are far from a shoo-in.’
- ‘With both the voice and the look, she was a shoo-in for a golden ticket on to round two.’
- ‘He had been considered a shoo-in for best new artist.’
- ‘Still, just in case I wasn't a shoo-in, I tried to calculate what ‘look’ might help.’
- ‘The jury is still discussing the criteria, but some robots would seem to be shoo-ins.’
- ‘As an officer for the College Republicans at Washington University, you would have to know he was a shoo-in for his role.’
- ‘All it will take is a moving van - he doesn't actually live in the new 6th - and he's a shoo-in.’
- ‘They are shoo-ins for the public service category in any event.’
- ‘Because the script is so bad, this movie is just about a shoo-in to win the Oscar for Best Screenplay.’
- ‘Both are seen as shoo-ins for cabinet, although it's not clear what posts they will get.’
- ‘Whereas Room #2 was filled with the shoo-ins, this room seemed to have been populated mostly with the long-shots.’
- ‘He's always been almost an automatic shoo-in for re-election.’
- ‘After his performance last night, George seemed to be a shoo-in, but Simon had not been too keen on him previously.’
- ‘Louie, who dances a shaky minuet if properly guided, seemed like a shoo-in.’
- ‘Given these advantages, it comes as little surprise that barring illness, scandal or sheer incompetence, most incumbents are virtual shoo-ins for re-election.’
- ‘‘I don't see many shoo-ins at the moment,’ he continues.’
- ‘It should be a shoo-in for many Oscar nominations.’
1930s: from the earlier use of the term denoting the winner of a rigged horse race.
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