put (someone or something) ahead of (someone or something)

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put (someone or something) ahead of (someone or something)

1. Literally, to place or designate someone or something in a position in front of someone or something else. We'll put the shorter students ahead of the taller ones for the performance. I put the shield ahead of me to absorb the impact.
2. To place or designate someone or something to occur before someone or something else in a sequence of events. We'll put the comedy act ahead of the musical routine for the talent show. They're putting the release of their new hardware ahead of the end of the fiscal year by a few weeks.
3. By extension, to put greater value on someone or something, or to regard someone or something more highly or favorably, than someone or something else. You really shouldn't put the needs of your company ahead of the needs of your family. I always felt like Mom put our baby brother ahead of Tommy and I when we were growing up.
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put someone or something ahead

 (of someone or something)
1. to move or place someone or something in front of someone or something. The teacher put Freddie ahead of Mike, because Mike had been disrespectful. Don't put him ahead! I didn't do anything.
2. to think of someone or something as more important than someone or something. I put Gerry ahead of Betty as far as strength is concerned. Yes, I would put Gary ahead. She put herself ahead of everyone else and expected special treatment.
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So there is still at least one player I'd put ahead of Hicks.
Africans must be put ahead of the interests of industrial farming," said Cisse.
Collective interests need to be put ahead of party or self-interests,' said Supervisor Scanlan.
"Nation must be put ahead of party, prosperity ahead of politics.
May's biggest task, which she so often put ahead of the national interest, was holding her beloved Conservative Party together.
Matthew Lesh and Tim Worstal, colleagues at the Adam Smith Institute (ASI), said the rights of Britain's 65m consumers to "cheaper, better products" should be put ahead of the needs of producers.
Time after time the needs of perpetrators - of a criminal minority - are put ahead of victims.
It was impeccable team work between Lilima Minz, Navjot Kaur and Vandana that ensured India were put ahead of China by a goal in the fourth minute.
Licenses were slow to come by, and foreign businesses felt that US requests were put ahead of theirs.
That alone should be enough to ensure that the profits of Taiwan Mobile are not put ahead of net neutrality.
Their families mediated the matter and brought them back only to put ahead of the village council or panchayat.
The recent decision by French bank BNP Paribas to stop financing and investing in tobacco companies -- including producers, wholesalers and traders -- is just the latest sign that public health is finally being put ahead of commercial interests.