be one step ahead

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be one step ahead

To outmaneuver or evade someone or something. That crook hasn't been arrested yet because he's always one step ahead of the cops. I've been working extra hard so that I'm one step ahead of the new girl threatening to take my job.
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I am one step ahead there, but it is a tough world.
7.45am: It is essential to drink a cup of coffee before the customers start to arrive, to make sure I am one step ahead. I also eat some breakfast - usually I try to eat a bowl of fruit yoghurt and honey, or a big bacon butty if I have had a late night.
"I just have to make sure I am one step ahead of everybody else.
I believe I am one step ahead of most Sailors in any rate."