keep ahead (of someone or something)(redirected from kept ahead)
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.
(of someone or something) Go to ahead (of someone or something).
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.