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head start

An early start before the official or typical time to start something. Billy liked to get a head start on his homework before leaving school so he had more time to play with his friends when he got home. If I don't get a head start on the project, I'm going to miss the deadline.
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* a head start (on something)

an early start on something [before someone else starts]. (*Typically: get ~ have ~ give someone ~.) I was able to get a head start on my reading during the holidays. If I hadn't had a head start, I'd be behind in my reading.
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* a head start (on something)

an early start on something, [before someone else starts]. (*Typically: get ~ have ~ give someone ~.) I was able to get a head start on my reading during the holidays. If I hadn't had a head start, I'd be behind in my reading.
See also: head, start

head start

An early start that confers an advantage, as in This year we'll get a head start on the competition by running more ads. The expression comes from racing, where it was used for a horse being given an advantage of several lengths over the others. Its extension to other areas dates from the early 1900s.
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a ˌhead ˈstart (on/over somebody)

an advantage that somebody already has before they start doing something: Being able to speak French gave her a head start over the other candidates.
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Im proud to fight alongside my colleagues in the delegation to support Head Starts important work in Rhode Island.
The National Head Start Association reports that since the summer of 1965, more than 33 million children nationwide have benefitted from Head Starts comprehensive services.
3 billion for Head Start in the FY2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.
Head Start has a proven track-record of making a difference for children and families in Rhode Island, said Congressman Cicilline, who advocated for funding for Head Start in Congress.
8 million grant will benefit the lives of many children by expanding access to critical resources that the Woonsocket Head Start program provides and will create a pathway for future academic success, said Congressman Langevin.
Woonsocket Head Start Development Association (WHSDA) is receiving $1,848,524 to run and expand Head Start through the Administration for Children and Families Office of Head Start.
Head Start is a federally-funded comprehensive early childhood program for low-income pre-school children and their families.