Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

on to a winner

on to a winner
1) have or be progressing towards something that is likely to be successful
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    • be on to a winner with something
  • Analysis

    The idiom 'to be on to a winner' means to be pursuing or involved in something which is likely to be successful or which is proving to be successful. When you say you are 'on to a winner' you are indicating that you are confident something will succeed or prove to be profitable.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. That's a fantastic idea you have. I think you're on to a winner there!
    2. I invested in pharmaceuticals a few months back and the stocks have increased since then so I think I'm onto a winner.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. As soon as the sales figures from the product's trial run came in, we knew we were on to a winner.
    2. I think we're on to a winner with our new marketing campaign. Customers have really seemed to embrace it.
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