keep one step ahead of

keep one step ahead of someone or something

 and stay one step ahead of someone or something
Fig. to be or stay slightly in advance of someone or something. Al kept one step ahead of Detective Rogers. Try to keep one step ahead of the investigators.
See also: ahead, keep, of, one, step
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Pursued by the terrorists who brought down his plane, the commander in chief and his plucky guide must keep one step ahead of the bad guys while the security experts (including Jim Broadbent) attempt a rescue.
Pursued by the fanatics who brought down his plane, the Commander in Chief and his plucky guide must keep one step ahead of the bad guys while the brass at Langley (including Jim Broadbent as a security expert) attempt a rescue.
Will encounters a multitude of well-drawn characters and high adventure as he tries to keep one step ahead of the man who wants him dead.
The month will also provide a springboard for year-round efforts to keep one step ahead of the scammers in the city.
With over five million people living or working in areas at risk from flooding across England and Wales, we are urging communities to use the new application, alongside our existing Floodline and website updates, to keep one step ahead of future floods.
Ringleaders of the gangs involved in last week's riots - and, make no mistake, much of the looting was organised - are said to have used twitter to direct operations and keep one step ahead of the police.
The sentencing of these individuals should serve as a warning that police will always aim to keep one step ahead of the criminals, no matter how clever they think they are.
Keeping abreast of the latest plans for the emirate's mass transit infrastructure would give savvy investors and tenants an opportunity to keep one step ahead of the market, Asteco's Jones added.
But she always seems to keep one step ahead of us,' he added.
We have not been complacent and have been further developing Operation Scrooge's tactics to ensure we keep one step ahead of the would-be criminal.
They have to use all their collective cunning, experience and teamwork to keep one step ahead of their deadly pursuers and stay alive in this gripping thriller.
If you are serious about selling, now is the time to move your home out of the winter blues and keep one step ahead of the competition
Current flu vaccines produce an antibody response to surface molecules which alter rapidly to keep one step ahead of the immune system.
ATHENS, December 11, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Street hawkers from Senegal in west Africa try to eke out a living on the streets of the Greek capital, aiming to keep one step ahead of the police and sort out their tangled legal status at the same time.
com, a vehicle provenance website which works closely with the police and leading insurance companies to try to keep one step ahead of the criminal fraternity which is using increasingly complex methods to steal cars these days.