Definition of “one-horse race” - English Dictionary

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“one-horse race” in British English

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one-horse racenoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˌwʌn.hɔːs ˈreɪs/ us /ˌwʌn.hɔːrs ˈreɪs/

a race or competition that only one of the competitors has a real chance of winning:

This election has been a one-horse race right from the start.

(Definition of “one-horse race” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)