front-runner


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front-run·ner

also front·run·ner (frŭnt′rŭn′ər)
n.
1. One that is in a leading position in a race or other competition: the front-runner for the presidential nomination.
2. A competitor who performs best when in the lead.

front′-run′ning adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.front-runner - a competitor thought likely to win
challenger, competitor, contender, rival, competition - the contestant you hope to defeat; "he had respect for his rivals"; "he wanted to know what the competition was doing"

front-runner

also frontrunner
noun
A leading contestant:
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