keep ahead (of someone or something)

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keep ahead (of someone or something)

1. Literally, to stay in front of someone or something, usually while in motion. During the race, I tried to keep ahead of my strongest competitor, but she was just too fast for me.
2. To complete tasks in a timely manner, so as to avoid a backlog. The orders are coming in too fast—I just can't keep ahead of them.
See also: ahead, keep, someone

keep ahead

(of someone or something) Go to ahead (of someone or something).
See also: ahead, keep

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
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The lane keeps ahead at a junction then climbs out of the vale before descending again to the valley of the Windrush and Kineton.
The path is signed around buildings then keeps ahead at the side of a field to enter woods.