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.
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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
References in classic literature ?
He kept ahead; the door was open as he came round the second time; he rushed in, slammed it in Dowler's face, mounted to his bedroom, locked the door, piled a wash-hand-stand, chest of drawers, and a table against it, and packed up a few necessaries ready for flight with the first ray of morning.
If he succeeded in launching the boat, if he kept ahead of the second ice-run, if he did not get caught by some of the runs from the upper Yukon; if luck favored in all these essential particulars, as well as in a score of minor ones, they would reach Sixty Mile and be saved, if--and again the if--he had strength enough to land
He kept ahead, until the opening of the eleventh round.
A CONMAN kept ahead of the police for three years while fleecing leading stores of pounds 125,000 to fund a millionaire lifestyle.
The first three places were the same but Sunderland Topper sailor Peter Hobson kept ahead of Richardson, Liam Alcock and Joanne Ramsey, all Toppers from Shields.
The researchers note that copepods have evolved defenses against algae-derived neurotoxins that directly kill them, so it's surprising that the crustaceans haven't kept ahead of toxins that affect their reproduction.
Storm survived a bogey five on the second and kept ahead to the turn.
The European plane-making consortium, part owned by BAE Systems, seized the lead from the US's Boeing in 2003, and kept ahead by selling 320 planes last year.