one jump ahead

one jump ahead (of someone or something)

 and one move ahead (of someone or something)
Fig. one step in advance of someone or something. Try to stay one jump ahead of the competition. If you're one move ahead, you're well prepared to deal with problems. Then, nothing is a surprise.
See also: ahead, jump, one

one jump ahead

Anticipating and prepared for what will happen, as in We have to keep one jump ahead of the opposition, or A clever embezzler, Charles was just one jump ahead of the police. [First half of 1900s] Also see get the jump on.
See also: ahead, jump, one

one jump ahead

If you are one jump ahead, you have done something quicker than someone else or are more successful than them. By spending two hours each day on preparation, I just managed to keep one jump ahead of my students. The company was always one jump ahead with the latest developments.
See also: ahead, jump, one

one jump ahead

one step or stage ahead of someone else and so having the advantage over them.
See also: ahead, jump, one
References in classic literature ?
If he was crazy, he wouldn't know, and I wouldn't know his mind either, and I wouldn't be that one jump ahead of him, and he'd get me and mess the whole cage up with my insides.
Ah Choon and one of the Americans tried to follow me, but I was one jump ahead of them.
They always seem to be one jump ahead of the authorities.
11PM Prime suspect Harrison Ford is on the run from dogged lawman Tommy Lee Jones in a thrilling big screen update of the 'one-armed man' TV series, the sturdy action always staying one jump ahead of logic.
THE FUGITIVE C5 11pM Prime suspect Harrison Ford is on the run from dogged lawman Tommy Lee Jones in a thrilling big screen update of the 'one-armed man' TV series, the sturdy action always staying one jump ahead of logic.
THE frog is one jump ahead of the rest when it comes to wildlife in North East gardens.
This latest work will celebrate the enduring relationship between Holyhead and the Netherlands through the sailors and ships of the Dutch Navy who fled Holland one jump ahead of the German army when its Blitzkrieg rolled west in 1940.
They were very often one jump ahead of you when you had problems at a serious incident.
1974 Teenager Peter Mitchell is used to being one jump ahead.
ONE JUMP AHEAD Jo Wilfried Tsonga was too good for Hewitt
DUTCH OF CLASS Thierry Henry advised Robin van Persie (above) and (below) the Dutch train for the Euros sA ONE JUMP AHEAD Robin van Persie evades a lunge from Uruguay's Egidio Arevalo Rios s
He died two years later at age 95, "still one jump ahead of the bailiffs," according to one account.
We have to outsmart the competition; be one jump ahead of the pack in whatever is our field of endeavour.
THE elderly can now be one jump ahead when it comes to foot care.