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head start

An early start before the official or typical time to start something. Billy liked to get a head start on his homework before leaving school so he had more time to play with his friends when he got home. If I don't get a head start on the project, I'm going to miss the deadline.
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* a head start (on something)

an early start on something [before someone else starts]. (*Typically: get ~ have ~ give someone ~.) I was able to get a head start on my reading during the holidays. If I hadn't had a head start, I'd be behind in my reading.
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* a head start (on something)

an early start on something, [before someone else starts]. (*Typically: get ~ have ~ give someone ~.) I was able to get a head start on my reading during the holidays. If I hadn't had a head start, I'd be behind in my reading.
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head start

An early start that confers an advantage, as in This year we'll get a head start on the competition by running more ads. The expression comes from racing, where it was used for a horse being given an advantage of several lengths over the others. Its extension to other areas dates from the early 1900s.
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a ˌhead ˈstart (on/over somebody)

an advantage that somebody already has before they start doing something: Being able to speak French gave her a head start over the other candidates.
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