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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.
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lead the field

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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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He will continue to represent the association in the southwestern United States and take on new responsibilities for training and leading the field services representatives in all NTCA regions.
Leading the field with an amazing haul of nine gold medals was Mary Spears from the Ynys Mon Independent team.
The prestigious institutions are leading the field among UK universities, with high proportions of their research graded as "world leading".
Leading the field here were Sweden (85%), Denmark (84%) and Finland (81%) while Romania (24% in 2006), Bulgaria (31%) and Latvia (39%) brought up the rear.
The rider appeared to be kicked after taking a tumble from Ice And Soda at the sixth fence when leading the field in the Thank You For Supporting Papworth Trust Beginners' Chase.
LIVERPOOL-born golfer Nick Dougherty was due to tee off in the US Open this evening in confident mood after leading the field after day one.
PREMIER League footballers are expected to earn more than pounds 1billion next season with Chelsea (pounds 114million) and Manchester United (pounds 85million) already leading the field.
Webster was leading the field into today's final day on 39 points ahead of three Australians - left-hander Nick O'Hern, five points back on 34, Scott Gardiner on 32 and US Amateur champion Nick Flanagan on 31.