pull ahead


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pull ahead (of someone or something)

1. To move to a physical location in front of another person or thing, especially during a race. They were neck and neck during the race, but the Nigerian runner pulled ahead in the final seconds. I need to follow behind you to know where we're going, so please don't pull too far ahead of us in traffic.
2. To move into a position of greater success (than someone or something) in some competitive activity. The software giant has begun pulling ahead in the video game market thanks to its revolutionary new console. She pulled ahead of her opponent in the election.
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pull ahead (of someone or something)

to pass someone or something and continue moving. The runner pulled ahead of the rest of the field. Our car pulled ahead of theirs.
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Chris Carter went 1 for 3 with two RBI and helped the JetHawks (0-1) take a 3-1 lead, which they held until seventh inning when San Jose (1-0), owners of the best first-half record, scored six runs to pull ahead.
Pacific made four of five shots in an 8-0 run to pull ahead by 17.
Reliever Ryan Holsten (7-6) allowed the 66ers to pull ahead one inning after Lancaster tied the game.
South Alabama (8-11) rallied to pull ahead in the bottom of the ninth when Quendon Montgomery doubled to right center and scored the tying run on a sacrifice bunt by Kevin Williams, who eventually scored the winning run.
Mission Viejo went on an 11-2 run in the second quarter to pull ahead by five.
On the Gauchos' next possession, guard Joe See nailed an open 3-pointer from the left wing against the zone to pull ahead 52-43.
My hunch is LSU would pull ahead of USC in the New York Times poll too but I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't,'' Palm said.