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  • 1Ahead in a race or other competition.
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    • The mob heat is off the competition as last year's front-running nominee The Sopranos was out of the running because new episodes didn't show during this year's eligibility period.
    • It escalated in the March 2002 race at Bristol, where Busch bumped front-running Spencer out of the way and went on to his first Winston Cup victory.
    • When Dole dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination, he joined the front-running campaign of Bush and soon became its press mouthpiece.
  • 1.1(Of an athlete or horse) running best when in front of the field.
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    • ‘The long stretch can be pretty taxing on a front-running horse,’ winning jockey Robert Landry said.
    • I think Santa Anita is going to favor a front-running horse, so that would work against us.
    • The fast front-running filly from Yorkshire has galloped into the hearts of punters and racegoers like few Flat racehorses of the modern era, with the exception of the ill-fated Persian Punch, writes Tim Richards.


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  • 1 Stock Exchange The practice by market-makers of dealing on advance information provided by their brokers and investment analysts, before their clients have been given the information.
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    • Such dicey practices as insider trading and front-running have long been rampant in Moscow's bourses.
    • Such front-running would boost the funds' costs by driving stock prices up or down before they could adjust their portfolios, the industry argued.
    • Mr Killian asked Mr Baker whether he was talking about front-running, which Mr Baker denied.
  • 2US The practice of giving one’s support to a competitor because they are in front.

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