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keep ahead (of someone or something)

1. To remain physically in front of someone or something. Keep ahead of me on the road so I'll know when to turn. He managed to keep ahead through the entirety of the race.
2. To maintain someone's or something's position in front of someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "keep" and "ahead." Make sure you keep the car in front of that bus on the highway. The teacher kept me in front of the other students for the walk into the auditorium.
3. To complete tasks in a timely manner, so as to avoid a backlog or burdensome amount of work. So many requests have been pouring in that I simply can't keep ahead of my emails. I'd much rather do some extra work and keep ahead than spend the following week scrambling to catch up. I've been getting all of our documents and reports in order so I can keep ahead of the audit next week.
See also: ahead, keep, someone
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

keep ahead

(of someone or something) Go to ahead (of someone or something).
See also: ahead, keep
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

keep ahead

v.
1. To remain in front of something, especially when moving: We tried to keep ahead of the truck, but it eventually passed us.
2. To have completed all or more than is required of some task in order to be prepared to face more work: I can't keep ahead of all my homework; every day I get more.
See also: ahead, keep
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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And so, if the railroad reached round the world, I think that I should keep ahead of you; and as for seeing the country and getting experience of that kind, I should have to cut your acquaintance altogether.
Springing on the saddle, he managed, by a most wonderful exertion, just to keep ahead of the long spears of his pursuers, who followed him to within sight of the fort.
Writing today in the Journal Of The Royal Society Of Medicine he warned that nearly a decade of austerity and "massive cuts" to local authority budgets had led to environmental health departments which were no longer able to "keep ahead of the threats to human health".
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Sad though it is that we have to have nuclear weapons, we must continue and keep ahead of these fanatics.
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All that means is that we have to do our job right to keep ahead of them all."
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And she said there was anecdotal evidence some criminals were paying for computer boffins to go through university to keep ahead of their competitors.
Constant evolution is necessary to keep ahead of the competition and move forward through difficult times.