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have the inside track

To have an advantage over someone or something. I hope I have the inside track on the competition, thanks to my extensive student teaching experience.
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have the inside track

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have an inside track

mainly AMERICAN, JOURNALISM
COMMON If someone has the inside track or has an inside track, they have an advantage such as special knowledge about something because of their position in an organization or their relationship with someone in an organization. As an agent, you may have the inside track when good deals become available. Companies that cause pollution are now under pressure, even if they have an inside track of access to sympathetic officials and ministers. Note: On a racing track, the inside track is the shortest, and so the competitors want to use it in order to take advantage of this fact.
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Meanwhile Farah says having the inside track on his African rivals can help add to 5000m glory to his 10000m gong and end his glittering career on a high.
Final Four positioning is of utmost importance right now with Ateneo (9-1) and defending champion De La Salle (8-2) inching closer to locking up the first and second seeds while University of Santo Tomas (6-4) and National University (6-4) having the inside track for the third and fourth spots.
But he dismissed talk of having the inside track on key Blues men, stating: "I think that stuff is overstated.
Two Russian cellphone firms had been among those competing and were commonly touted as having the inside track.
When it comes to assessing the Eagles' prospects for the second leg and having the inside track, the Tigers have plenty of knowledge and experience in their camp.
Torrance said his other pick still hangs on what happens at the BMW International at Nord-Eichenried in Munich starting this morning, with absent Swede Jesper Parnevik seen as having the inside track on the second selection.
The women's figure skating gold medal winner, Tara Lipinski, is seen as having the inside track in the post-Olympic scramble for endorsement gold.
As the wireless industry continues to expand and advance faster and broader than many outsiders thought possible, the importance of having the inside track is crucial for businesses to move to the next level.
2 has already heated up with idle Phoenix Petroleum having the inside track with a 6-4 record, although several teams will be able to tie the Fuel Masters, including the winner of the TNT-GlobalPort game.
Two Russian cellphone firms had been among those competing for the award and were frequently touted as having the inside track.
Vignal knows what level he has to be at to stop him doing the same on Saturday, but the 24-year-old is confident having the inside track on Owen will help Pompey to shut him out.
As things stand, Meralco, which has led this conference right from the start, booked the first quarterfinal bonus after a tight win over the Aces on Friday night, with San Miguel having the inside track on the last privilege having two more games remaining.
Moya, 30, is the regular practice partner of his fellow Mallorcan but even having the inside track on his opponent could not prevent their latest meeting from being a onesided encounter.