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lead the pack

To be at the forefront of a particular group, either literally or figuratively. We had Bill lead the pack on our tour through Rome. The new video game console led the pack in sales for the fifth straight week.
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Buck led the pack, sixty strong, around bend after bend, but he could not gain.
But the way he led the pack around and ran the line-out, in the toughest conditions I've been thrown into in terms of wind and rain, showed real maturity."
While the banks are the same as the toppers in transaction value, the rankings and consequent market shares vary slightly for volumes.State Bank of India again led the pack with a 38.5% market share, followed by ICICI Bank at 17.7%, Axis (15.3%), HDFC Bank (9.9%) and Kotak Bank (4.3%).
In the FTSE 250 Index, mining group Acacia mining led the pack, closing 6.1% higher at 281.4p, with AO World, a domestically focused white goods retailer, closely following.
The Irishman rocketed to fame as an amateur at this year's Open when he led the pack heading into the final round at St Andrews.
Meanwhile, Ian Poulter had led the pack at the Australian Masters, but a combination of illness and 29C heat saw him drop behind local boy Geoff Ogilvy yesterday.
Cavendish led the pack home in a time of four hours, 41 minutes and six seconds, with Australian Renshaw in second.
Bharti and Reliance led the pack, securing 13 areas each in the bidding.
Financial Times owner Pearson led the pack with a gain of almost 5%, or 39.5p to 901 p, while Reuters rose more than 3%, or16.5p, to494p.
In Chicago, at the Jeff Awards, Court Theatre led the pack with both the top play and musical, garnering 10 honors overall, 6 of which were for Man of La Mancha (which can be seen at Long Wharf Theatre in Connecticut next month), and 4 for August Wilson's Fences.
The Jacksonville metropolitan area led the pack for the fastest appreciating, at 19.1% year-over-year, while Hartford metro was the slowest appreciating--actually depreciating -3.7% relative to the third quarter of 2005.
Viruses and worms led the pack for both internal and external breaches; phishing attacks and spyware were runners-up for the top external breaches, while insider fraud and leakage of customer data accounted for 28 and 18 percent of internal breaches respectively.
UCG once again led the pack with the most awards, 11 overall and four first-place.
Median tuition rates for New York City led the pack in 2005-06, at $27,200, followed by San Francisco ($24,940), Washington, D.C.
Mexican imports led the pack for the year, at 343,437,188 gallons, an 11.6% increase from 2004.