in the van of (something)

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in the van of (something)

At the forefront of something. The lieutenant who was in the van of the assault, leading a small party of machine-gunners to clear a path for the rest of the infantry. The senator had been in the van of the movement to equalize pay for all citizens since the late 1960s.
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in the ˈvan

(British English, formal) at the front or in the leading position: The eight warships in the van opened fire on the advancing fleet.
See also: van