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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an easy victory


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  • This phrase goes back to 1940's horse racing slang. (quick google search)

    January 16, 2015