ahead of the game

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ahead of the game

Gaining or maintaining an advantage in a situation, often by completing a task before its given deadline. My term paper isn't due until next week, but I want to be ahead of the game and finish it tonight. It's hard to stay ahead of the game in network security when the threat landscape is constantly changing.
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*ahead of the game

being early; having an advantage in a competitive situation; having done more than necessary. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; keep ~; remain ~; Stay ~.) Without the full cooperation of my office stafj', I find it hard to stay ahead of the game. If being ahead of the game is important to you and to your business, lease a mobile phone from us.
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ahead of the game

In a position of advantage, especially financially; succeeding or winning. For example, If we can sell 2,000 units of this product by next month, we'll be well ahead of the game . This idiom uses ahead of in the sense of "in advance of," a usage dating from the mid-1700s, and transfers success in gambling ( the game) to winning in other areas. Also see come out ahead.
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ahead of the game

COMMON If you are ahead of the game, you know about and are using all the most recent developments in a particular area, especially compared to other people or organizations you are competing with. I'm not worried about the competition because we're so far ahead of the game. He was quietly confident, always one step ahead of the game and totally independent. Note: You can also say that someone keeps ahead of the game or stays ahead of the game. We're always looking at new technologies to keep ahead of the game. If you want your company to stay ahead of the game, you have to keep informed of these developments.
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ahead of the game

ahead of your competitors or peers in the same sphere of activity.
1996 Daily Telegraph The smart money headed for Chinatown, where you can pick up all those Eastern looks the designers are promoting for next spring ahead of the game.
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ahead of the game

In a position of advantage; winning or succeeding.
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At Esterline, we are constantly researching new technology and developing better processes to keep ahead of the game.
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As coaches you get older but the players stay young so you have to keep ahead of the game.
The most successful companies are those that constantly look to innovate and constantly invest money in research and development - they keep ahead of the game because of it.
Modern, tamper-proof technology and rapid advances in communication mean we need to listen to the experts to keep ahead of the game.
As times are constantly changing, so have John Chorley's and they have invested to keep ahead of the game.
Warren Mansfield-Smith, Food Product Manager for leading worldwide instrumentation manufacturer, Testo Ltd, explained, "In a climate in which legislation is becoming increasingly stringent concerning the supply of food and pharmaceutical products, we can help clients to keep ahead of the game.
We would rather keep ahead of the game, which is why we are going round the New course again, so that at least if we have to water on Wednesday night or Thursday night it would be a smaller quantity.
Hong Kong is aiming to keep ahead of the game in areas like 3D technology to make sure it retains its competitiveness relative to mainland China, where helmers have actively embraced the technology.