be in pole position

be in pole position

To be ideally positioned for success. The phrase comes from racing, in which the starting position at the inside of the front row (the "pole position") is thought to improve one's chance of winning. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. She is in pole position to win the scholarship, thanks to all of her extracurricular activities.
See also: pole, position

be in pole position

  (British & Australian)
to be in the best position to win a competition
Usage notes: In motor racing, pole position is the best place a car can start from.
(often + to do sth) United are in pole position to win the championship this year.
See also: pole, position