one-horse race

(idiomatic, by extension) An election campaign or other competitive situation in which only one competitor is entered or in which only one competitor has a realistic chance of winning.

Example: 1927 June 13, "Sport: Again, McAtee," Time (retrieved 26 July 2014):
  Since riding Harry Payne Whitney's Whiskery to victory in the Kentucky Derby, Jockey Linus ("Pony") McAtee has twice broken into the news in unconventional fashion. A fortnight ago, he won a one-horse race ("walkover") at Belmont Park, N. Y.
2006 April 16, Bill Finley, "Sinister Minister Joins Baffert's Derby Stable," New York Times (retrieved 26 July 2014):
  Sinister Minister . . . kept extending his lead and turned the stretch run into a one-horse race.
1995 Jan. 19, Andrew Marshall, "Balladur takes first step to presidency," The Independent (UK) (retrieved 26 July 2014):
  Although Mr Balladur is far ahead in the opinion polls, the spring election is far from being a one-horse race.
1998 April 5, Robert D. Hof, "Commentary: JAVA can be a contender—If Sun lets it," Businessweek (retrieved 26 July 2014):
  A system for creating software that runs, unaltered, on all sorts of computers and devices . . . could transform the software business in the network era from a one-horse race led by Microsoft to a true contest.
2011 March 13, Shehan Karunatilaka, "How cricket saved Sri Lanka," The Guardian (UK) (retrieved 26 July 2014):
  The dominance of the men in yellow over the past decade turned international cricket into a one-horse race.

English Idioms

English Idioms - Any language is incomplete without the presence or use of idioms. The same is true with the English language. When talk about idiom, it is the phrase, group of words, or saying that has a non-literal (metaphorical) meaning that has become accepted in daily usage. The symbolic representation of idiom is much different from the definition of words present in the phrase or statement. There are a vast number of idioms and they’re utilized much commonly in different languages. According to the estimation, the English language has around 25,000 idioms.

Idioms are not just evolved around the language but they act like the building blocks of the said language and civilization. They also put great intensity to transform the language more dynamic and interesting. Idioms bring out a great illustration to the regular speech. In addition, the also brings a great sense of fun and mystery about them. Why are Idioms difficult to understand? It is mainly due to the meanings. Usually, they create a great hurdle for non-native speakers. It is a reason that idioms’ characteristics make them difficult and strange them to understand for the learners of the English language. What is the difference between idiom and proverb? An idiom is neither a bit of advice nor general truth. However, a proverb is a well-known saying; it represents a piece of advice or general truth.

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