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Meaning of front runner

front' run'ner

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a person who leads in any competition.
  2. an entrant in a race who breaks to the front immediately and establishes the pace for the field.
  3. an entrant in a race who performs well only when ahead of the field.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.