one jump ahead

one jump ahead

A little bit more prepared, skilled, or successful than someone or something else; able to outmaneuver or outpace someone or something. I've been working extra hard so that I'm one jump ahead of the new girl threatening to take my job. That crook hasn't been arrested yet because he's always one jump ahead of the cops. Our competitors will always be trying to overtake us in the market, so we just have to make sure we stay one jump ahead.
See also: ahead, jump, one

one jump ahead (of someone or something)

 and one move ahead (of someone or something)
Fig. one step in advance of someone or something. Try to stay one jump ahead of the competition. If you're one move ahead, you're well prepared to deal with problems. Then, nothing is a surprise.
See also: ahead, jump, one

one jump ahead

Anticipating and prepared for what will happen, as in We have to keep one jump ahead of the opposition, or A clever embezzler, Charles was just one jump ahead of the police. [First half of 1900s] Also see get the jump on.
See also: ahead, jump, one

one jump ahead

If you are one jump ahead, you have done something quicker than someone else or are more successful than them. By spending two hours each day on preparation, I just managed to keep one jump ahead of my students. The company was always one jump ahead with the latest developments.
See also: ahead, jump, one

one jump ahead

one step or stage ahead of someone else and so having the advantage over them.
See also: ahead, jump, one

one jump ahead of someone/something

n. in advance of someone or something; a step ahead of someone or something. I try to be one jump ahead of the problems.
See also: ahead, jump, of, one, someone, something
References in classic literature ?
If he was crazy, he wouldn't know, and I wouldn't know his mind either, and I wouldn't be that one jump ahead of him, and he'd get me and mess the whole cage up with my insides."
Ah Choon and one of the Americans tried to follow me, but I was one jump ahead of them.
The film features spectacular dance and song numbers, including 'One Jump Ahead' with parkour scenes in the alleys and roofs of Agrabah and 'Friend Like Me' which showcased not just Genie's singing chops but also Aladdin's break-dance moves.
Always One Jump Ahead is a Frost in gold with gold shimmer, while Your Wish Is My Command is a Matte in a deep golden brown.
STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD Course winner Kalondra is fancied to land the big one at Cheltenham this afternoon
Team Lindsay: Miles Brown and Rylee Arnold will be kicking up their heels with a lively routine set to "One Jump Ahead" from "Aladdin."
She's okay - and I'm already one jump ahead of myself.
Some of the popular musical numbers by Menken are Arabian Nights, One Jump Ahead, Friend Like Me, and of course A Whole New World.
They always seem to be one jump ahead of the authorities.
THE FUGITIVE C5 11pM Prime suspect Harrison Ford is on the run from dogged lawman Tommy Lee Jones in a thrilling big screen update of the 'one-armed man' TV series, the sturdy action always staying one jump ahead of logic.
THE frog is one jump ahead of the rest when it comes to wildlife in North East gardens.
This latest work will celebrate the enduring relationship between Holyhead and the Netherlands through the sailors and ships of the Dutch Navy who fled Holland one jump ahead of the German army when its Blitzkrieg rolled west in 1940.
They were very often one jump ahead of you when you had problems at a serious incident.
1974 Teenager Peter Mitchell is used to being one jump ahead. At 13, Peter won the Northumberland County under-18s chess trophy - and has added another three wins since then.