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come out ahead

To finish something with an advantage, often in the form of a profit. You've spent so much money on this project that you'll be lucky to come out ahead.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

come out ahead

to end up with a profit, benefit, or advantage. It was a tricky deal, and no one came out ahead of anyone else. I never come out ahead after paying my bills.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

come out ahead

Succeed, make a profit. For example, By the end of the year we expect to come out ahead. Also see ahead of the game.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

come out ahead

in. to end up with a profit; to end up with some benefit. I never seem to come out ahead at the end of the month.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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