front runner

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or front′run′ner,

1. a person who leads in any competition.
2. an entrant in a race who performs well only when ahead of the field.
[1935–40, Amer.]
front′-run′ning, adj.
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front runner

n (fig) → favorito/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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