from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal A sure winner.
- n. Informal One that has a sure chance of being chosen, as for a job or other position.
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- n. The winner of a fixed race, a fixed race.
- n. A candidate or contestant generally agreed upon as the presumptive winner; somebody who is well-liked or widely agreed upon.
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- n. an easy victory
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The racetrack term shoo-in, meaning “certain winner,” is rooted in a fraudulent practice of corrupt jockeys: They agree to bet on one long shot, holding back their own mounts, and chase in or shoo in the horse they picked to win.
The former congressman is a shoo-in for Senate approval, but Washington insiders expect the hearing may offer new clues about plans to rein in federal spending.
First this week the movie failed to win a nomination for an Academy Award in the documentary feature category, even though it was considered to be a shoo-in.
Had Van der Vaart been given the ball, he was surely a shoo-in to score.
If there were a "most improved" style award, Amaro would be the shoo-in.
If CBS decides to expand to four comedies on Thursday, it's a shoo-in to return.
And let's face is — she's also a shoo-in to be in the finals.
By contrast, its semifinal opponent Manchester United has topped the English Premier League standings for months and looks a shoo-in for a record 19th championship.
Still, Mr. Bini Smaghi isn't a shoo-in for the Italian central bank's top post, which has traditionally been filled from within the institution.
If the Emmys were based on the entire year's worth of work, the emotionally devastating Duell would be a shoo-in.