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set the pace

Establish a standard for others to follow, as in Jim has set the pace for the department, exceeding the monthly quota every time. This expression comes from racing, where it is said of a horse that passes the others and leads the field. It was transferred to other activities in the early 1900s.
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set the pace

COMMON If you set the pace, you do something which becomes the standard or level that other people must achieve. Most fashion journalists believe that Versace has got it right this season and has set the pace for mainstream fashion. In a deal that could set the pace in forthcoming pay deals, the 700,000 chemical workers settled for a 2 percent increase in pay. Note: This expression comes from the fact that a fast runner sets the speed at which all the other competitors in a race have to run.
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set the pace

1. To go at a speed that other competitors attempt to match or surpass.
2. To behave or perform in a way that others try to emulate.
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Reynolds said: 'He wanted me to set the pace and then take me at the chicane, but I kept it tight and got the result.
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