front runner (plural front runners)
- (idiomatic) The most likely winners in a contest, election, etc.
- Scolari and Curbishley were among the front runners for the vacant England job, but McClaren got the job in the end.
- According to the media, she is the front-runner in the forthcoming election.
- (finance, business) One who engages in front running.
most likely winner in a contest, election, etc.