abreast of

*abreast of someone or something

 
1. Lit. keeping even with someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; keep ~; Stay ~.) I had to run hard to stay abreast of Sally.
2. Fig. knowing the news about someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; keep ~; Stay ~.) The press corps has to keep abreast of the president.
See also: abreast, of
References in classic literature ?
It not only enables them to keep abreast of the times; it qualifies them to furnish in their own personality a good bit of the motive power to the mad pace.
It kept a-coming, and when it was abreast of me I see there warn't but one man in it.
There is a guard of sundry horsemen riding abreast of the tumbrils, and faces are often turned up to some of them, and they are asked some question.
One magnificent evening, the 30th July (that is to say, three weeks after our departure), the frigate was abreast of Cape Blanc, thirty miles to leeward of the coast of Patagonia.
The docks down the river, abreast of Woolwich, are imposing by their proportions and the vast scale of the ugliness that forms their surroundings - ugliness so picturesque as to become a delight to the eye.
I opened the bight of Turner's Shipyard, rounded the Solano wharf, and surged along abreast of the patch of tules and the clustering fishermen's arks where in the old days I had lived and drunk deep.
We could not see the Acropolis now or the high hill, either, and I wanted to follow the road till we were abreast of them, but the others overruled me, and we toiled laboriously up the stony hill immediately in our front--and from its summit saw another--climbed it and saw another
Buck, on the bank, worried and anxious, kept abreast of the boat, his eyes never off his master.
Whereas if we had only had a little more wind, only a very little more, we might, we should, have been abreast of Liant by this time and increasing our distance from that contaminated shore.
Three big wolves got abreast of the horses, and the horses went crazy.
Enfield and the lawyer were on the other side of the by-street; but when they came abreast of the entry, the former lifted up his cane and pointed.
In a little while two others appeared on horseback, and rode up abreast of the boats.
As the men in the sampan headed the boat's bow up stream again, von Horn ran along the jungle trail beside the river and abreast of the paddlers.
He proceeded casually on his way until abreast of me, and then, without warning and with incredible swiftness, he smote me a buffet on the head.
Young friend," said he, when Alleyne was abreast of him, "I fear from thy garb that thou canst know little of the Abbey of Beaulieu.