ahead of the pack

ahead of the pack

Having an advantage over or outperforming other competitors. This computer system is certainly ahead of the pack in terms of cost and performance. Susan was able to stay ahead of the pack for most of the race.
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ahead of the pack

If a person or organization is ahead of the pack, they are more successful than their competitors or others in a group. Hoping to stay ahead of the pack, the company has developed a new bike frame that weighs just 2.7 pounds. These parents want their child to be ahead of the pack academically. Note: A pack here is a group of animals such as hounds or wolves.
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ahead of the ˈpack

if a person, company, etc. is ahead of the pack, they start to do something before other people, especially their rivals: The company was ahead of the pack in recognizing the huge potential of the Internet.
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ahead of the pack

In advance of the rest of a group, doing better than the others. The noun pack has been used for a group of persons since the 1400s, although for about 400 years it had a derogatory connotation, as in “a pack of thieves.” That sense is not implied in the cliché. The act of advancing beyond the others is called breaking out of the pack. A related phrase is ahead of the game, meaning in a position of advantage, usually financial advantage. The game here alludes to gambling, but the term is applied to any endeavor.
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Quezon City and Batangas carved out a pair of solid victories on Saturday night to stay ahead of the pack in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta Rajah Cup at the Imus Sports Complex.
Hawkins was in stunning form last year as he raced ahead of the pack to take the top spot in the podium ahead of Lachlan Oates and Kristian Jones.
The Pirates turned a 34-35 deficit at the end of three quarters into a convincing victory as they remained ahead of the pack.
North added: "We've got to get ahead of the pack as early as we can and stay up there for as long as we can.
The hitman feels Rangers, Hibs and Falkirk are ahead of the pack leaving Raith, Morton, Queens and St Mirren to scrap for fourth.
V Srinivasan, executive director in charge of corporate banking, said, 'We have been very strong in the transaction banking space and we are trying to make sure that we stay ahead of the pack and gain market share.'
Ford Fiesta driver Julian Godfrey took advantage of Scott's mishap and immediately took the lead, staying ahead of the pack to score his second win of 2015.
Ducati's Andrea Iannone edged ahead of the pack to finish fourth, with the gap between him and eighth-placed Daniel Pedrosa a little over five seconds.
Richard flew across the finish line ahead of the pack at an average overall speed of 373KPH in his unique airplane "Hot Stuff" to win the first-ever air race in Africa in what is known as the formula one air racing class.
NTT DoCoMo -- the operator usually ahead of the pack when it comes to cutting-edge mobile -- stated that it plans to begin offering virtualized 4G services by March 2016.