front runner (plural front runners)
- (idiomatic) Any of the most likely winners in a contest, election, etc.
- 1955 May 9, "Sport: First-Division Tigers," Time (retrieved 19 May 2014):
- [T]he American League pennant did not shape up as much of a race. There were the Indians and the Yankees, front runners as usual.
- 2013 Aug. 25, Georgi Kantchev, "World Expositions Can Benefit or Haunt Host Cities," New York Times (retrieved 19 May 2014):
- Dubai, which would be the first host of a world’s fair in the Middle East, has emerged as the front-runner, offering the most financial and governmental support.
- (finance, business) One who engages in front running.
most likely winner in a contest, election, etc.