remain ahead of (someone or something)

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remain ahead of (someone or something)

1. To stay physically in front of something or someone. The Kenyan runner remained ahead of the others for the duration of the race. You remain ahead of us and act as a scout for any danger.
2. To continue to be in a position to deal with something before it becomes a problem or a burden. We'll want to remain ahead of any problems that may crop up between now and the project's launch date. We try to remain ahead of any issues between employees by cultivating an environment of trust and open communication.
3. To continue to be on or ahead of one's target, schedule, or responsibility for work. I'm having trouble remaining ahead of my deadlines, lately. They're making it harder and harder for us to remain ahead of our sales quotas. Thankfully, the construction crew was able to remain ahead of schedule throughout the build, so we should be able to move into the house before winter.
4. To continue to be in a position that is better or more advanced than others. Their research facility receives a huge amount of funding from the government, which has allowed them to remain ahead of the curve in their field for the last 50 years. With its intuitive design, accessible interface, and affordable pricing, their latest video game console has remained ahead of the pack for the last few years.
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The commandant set out, fully persuaded that two leagues remained ahead of him.
The country's economy grew at lowest in three quarters, but still remained ahead of China to retain the tag of the world's fastest growing major economy.
According to the report by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), both countries remained ahead of the pack, with France taking the number-three spot for educating 40 world leaders.
There was no pushing and shoving this time around, but the tension remained ahead of their clash in New York on June 1.
He advanced the technology of Safaricom so that it remained ahead of its competitors and kept Kenyans on the global frontline of mobile money.
PUBS group Regent Inns said trading had remained ahead of its original expectations, amid strong sales at its Walkabout chain.
PUBS group Regent Inns yesterday said trading had remained ahead of its original expectations amid strong sales at its Walkabout chain.
Hendry ensured he remained ahead of Mark Williams in the ratings by defeating him 18-11 in their Crucible showdown.
The survey found that Apple remained ahead of Samsung with 26.1percent share in the US market.
Seven-month shipments this year remained ahead of the 1999 record because of the heavy preseason deliveries.
Pubs group Regent Inns said trading had remained ahead of its original expectations amid strong sales at its Walkabout chain.
North American ticket sales currently account for around a third of worldwide box office sales for Hollywood pictures, having previously remained ahead of the international box office.
It announced yesterday that trading in the final quarter "remained ahead of budget and prior year", after a strong performance throughout the year.
retail sales giving some support, while caution remained ahead of U.S.
Vodafone remained ahead of O2 as the UK's largest mobile phone operator after reporting a 7pc year-on-year rise in customer numbers to 16.3 million today.