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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"We have been pioneering new manufacturing techniques which have put us ahead of the game in design and manufacturing.
That put us ahead of Norway and Switzerland (both 0.14 percent) with the English lagging behind on 0.07 per cent.
The investment that was announced today will put us ahead of the curve in the field of early childhood with our innovative digital platform.
He said, 'Patriot Bank's consistent growth and market success over recent years is very exciting and demonstrates the successful strategic vision the board and bank's executive leadership have put into place and that has put us ahead of our peer banks.'
David Hunt, Hyperion managing partner, said: "We always planned to grow our business internationally but winning prestigious assignments in Germany and the United States has put us ahead of schedule.
Mr Lane added: "Wright Hassall has achieved significant growth over the last six years, growing every year in spite of the global recession which has put us ahead of the market.
"We're on-boarding a number of early adopters this month, including Psyche, Paragon UK, Spark Response, and Fusion21, which will put us ahead of our revenue targets, albeit by a small amount."
We were especially pleased with the speedy delivery which put us ahead of schedule and enabled fast commercialisation.
That's not as much as in 2010, when state exports jumped 43 percent, but it was still enough to put us ahead of any other state last year.
That won't just put us ahead of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, but beyond the USA and Japan.
Our commitment to investing in information technology continues to put us ahead of our competition and makes us pioneers in Abu Dhabi healthcare," he added.
"Recent daily transaction and share volumes put us ahead of some of our closest competitors."
"That should put us ahead of other communities, when we're competing for construction grants, which are the big ones."
He added: "Our carbon lowering will put us ahead of the competition with customers that are serious about becoming more green and changing the way they work."