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.
See also: ahead, one, step
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You know, it's the ability to make plays because mentally the individual is one step ahead of the other guy.
Xign is one step ahead with original FSTC eCheck technology and the US Treasury as a pilot.