lead the field

lead the field

1. To be the most successful or talented person in a particular sport, hobby, field of study, business, etc. She's been leading the field with her groundbreaking research into cancer cell structures. He led the field for nearly two decades in the number of home runs hit in a single season.
2. Of an athlete, to be performing at a much higher standard than one's competitor(s), and having the best chance of winning. He has been leading the field since the moment the race began.
See also: field, lead

lead the field

COMMON
1. If a person, company or organization leads the field in an activity, they are the best or most successful at it. The Americans continue to lead the field when it comes to child actors.
2. If you lead the field in a competition, you are in the best position and are likely to win. US and European cyclists usually lead the field. This could be due to their hi-tech equipment. Torrance led the field after two rounds of the Kronenbourg Open.
See also: field, lead
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Mary's, last year's runner-up, jumped 10-3 last week to lead the field, and Kylee DeLong of Vale went 10-1.
This is an area where The University of Auckland Business School is determined to lead the field in both education and research," said Professor Barry Spicer, Dean of the University of Auckland Business School.
Ulsterman Hoey had a session with putting expert Harold Swash during the Formby Hall Challenge two weeks ago and it paid off as he reeled off eight birdies to lead the field by three shots.
Defending champion Chatsworth and Granada Hills - a winner of four of the past five team titles - lead the field midway through the City Section golf championship.
Canyon Country's Vanessa Atler used a gold-medal performance in vault and four top-10 finishes to lead the field Friday at the halfway point of the John Hancock U.