be ahead of the pack

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be ahead of the pack

To outshine one's competition in a particular area. The boss singled me out for praise at this week's department meeting, so I'm ahead of the pack now. My sister was ahead of the pack during the entire race.
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be ahead of the pack

to be more successful than other people who are trying to achieve the same things as you At this stage in the campaign, the Democratic candidate is way ahead of the pack.
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