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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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Finland (91%) led the field in terms of broadband access, followed by Spain (90%), Malta (89%) and Sweden (87%).
Denis through to Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, and Hanya Holm--women not only led the field, they actually planted it.
Social service groups which include family services, daycare, shelters, services for youth, the elderly, or persons with disabilities led the field in the rate of economic activity growing by 23.5% annually.
Another Rum (10-1) took third spot a further 10 lengths away, with Double Honour (20-1), who led the field into the home straight, in fourth.
On the competition's first day, Skipper led the field in the 100 (10.69) with a Pac-10 qualifying mark in his season debut, and he also led the shot put (44-6 3/4 ).
The men's coxed four dominated their final, although it was Italians who led the field through the first 500 metres, with the GB four just half a second behind at the halfway mark.
EMC led the field in storage management at the midrange and enterprise levels.
Cost cutting led the field as the biggest challenge facing the industry in DuPont Automotive's annual survey.
He led the field after the first Top Twelve run-off at the Gurston Down meeting but last year's champion Roger Moran from Ludlow nipped past on the final run to win in 27.45s and record his fifth success of the year.
(The significance of these figures would be easier to judge if Viola had supplied population figures for the various regions.) In mass disturbances, the OGPU's other recording category, Ukraine again led the field in 1930, with over four thousand incidents with a total of almost one million participants, followed by the North Caucasus, the Central Black Earth region, the Volga, and Central Asia.
In 1990, with $361.3 million in premium sales, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arkansas led the field in writing health insurance in Arkansas as it did in 1988 and 1989, maintaining its lead by increasing total premium sales by more than 10 percent over each of the last two years.
Toni O'Donovan W21 led the field home in her age division on day one and followed up with runner's up slot 24 hours later and there was another outstanding achievement as Roger Hailey M75 came first on day one and finished second overall.