You're a shoe in...

Discussion in 'English Only' started by terrortwilight, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. terrortwilight Member

    South Korea, Korean
    Can anyone tell me the exact meaning of 'shoe-in'? Maybe with some examples... that'd be cool :)
    I cannot provide the context cause it's from a song lyric, which simply says "you're a shoe-in..." many times over.

    Also I wanna know whether 'shoo-in' or 'shoe-in' is right (although my dictionary says 'shoo-in' is correct but more google search results come up for 'shoe-in')

    Thank you in advance!
  2. BoTrojan Senior Member

    New Wilmington, PA
    USA, English
    I can't tell you the origins of the phrase. But essentially when someone is a "shoo-in" or "shoe-in" for something, he or she is -- in the opinion of the speaker -- extremely likely to be successful at something.

    Ah, you're a shoo-in for that job!

    ... don't worry, you'll definitely get that job.

    You should enter that race, you'd be a shoo-in!

    ... you would be very likely to win that race, for sure.

    Hope this helps. By the way, I'd have to say that the phrase is a bit on the old-fashioned side to my U.S. English ear. It's still heard here and there, however.
  3. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    The reason that Google shows far more results for "shoe-in" is that few people have ever seen the word in print or written down; they've only heard the phrase and assume that "shoe" would be the grammatical spelling.

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