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ahead of the game

Gaining or maintaining an advantage in a situation, often by completing a task before its given deadline. My term paper isn't due until next week, but I want to be ahead of the game and finish it tonight. It's hard to stay ahead of the game in network security when the threat landscape is constantly changing.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*ahead of the game

being early; having an advantage in a competitive situation; having done more than necessary. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; keep ~; remain ~; Stay ~.) Without the full cooperation of my office stafj', I find it hard to stay ahead of the game. If being ahead of the game is important to you and to your business, lease a mobile phone from us.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ahead of the game

In a position of advantage, especially financially; succeeding or winning. For example, If we can sell 2,000 units of this product by next month, we'll be well ahead of the game . This idiom uses ahead of in the sense of "in advance of," a usage dating from the mid-1700s, and transfers success in gambling ( the game) to winning in other areas. Also see come out ahead.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

ahead of the game

COMMON If you are ahead of the game, you know about and are using all the most recent developments in a particular area, especially compared to other people or organizations you are competing with. I'm not worried about the competition because we're so far ahead of the game. He was quietly confident, always one step ahead of the game and totally independent. Note: You can also say that someone keeps ahead of the game or stays ahead of the game. We're always looking at new technologies to keep ahead of the game. If you want your company to stay ahead of the game, you have to keep informed of these developments.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

ahead of the game

ahead of your competitors or peers in the same sphere of activity.
1996 Daily Telegraph The smart money headed for Chinatown, where you can pick up all those Eastern looks the designers are promoting for next spring ahead of the game.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

ahead of the game

In a position of advantage; winning or succeeding.
See also: ahead, game, of
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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