keep one jump ahead

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keep one jump ahead

To gain an advantageous position (over another person or an impending occurrence) by being proactive. I'm studying hard to keep one jump ahead of Christine, who is my main competition for valedictorian. I'm going to leave early and take the side streets so I can keep one jump ahead of the traffic.
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Framed for the murder of two CIA men, he keeps one jump ahead while agents Pamela Landy (Joan Allen) and Ward Abbott (Brian Cox) try to reel him in.