keep one jump ahead

keep one jump ahead

To gain an advantageous position (over another person or an impending occurrence) by being proactive. I'm studying hard to keep one jump ahead of Christine, who is my main competition for valedictorian. I'm going to leave early and take the side streets so I can keep one jump ahead of the traffic.
See also: ahead, jump, keep, one
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A man like al-Asiri with his talent for penetrating security systems probably has a good idea of the kind of security required to keep one jump ahead of the CIA.
Clearly business students are going to be even more important in the years to come when, as a nation, we have to compete in a very competitive world and we have to keep one jump ahead.
To keep one jump ahead of this country's enemies, they must gather intelligence from the midst of the very people who wish to do us, and them, harm.
2Layering is the sensible way to keep one jump ahead of our freaky weather fronts.
But if you want a miracle, you have to work for it, Lay your plans carefully and keep one jump Ahead of the crowd.
Unbeaten Well Chief will be looking to keep one jump ahead of the opposition in the Beards Jewellers Cup at Cheltenham today