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be one step ahead

To outmaneuver or evade someone or something. That crook hasn't been arrested yet because he's always one step ahead of the cops. I've been working extra hard so that I'm one step ahead of the new girl threatening to take my job.
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be one step ahead

to be slightly better prepared or more successful than someone else (usually + of ) Throughout the incident, the hijackers were always one step ahead of the police.
See also: ahead, one, step