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ahead of schedule

Earlier than a given deadline. Since the contractor and his crew completed the renovations ahead of schedule, we were able to move into the house before winter arrived. Repaying your loan ahead of schedule will save you money in the long term by reducing the amount of interest you'll have to pay.
See also: ahead, of, schedule

behind schedule

Not having progressed as much as is necessary to meet a particular deadline. I'm so far behind schedule that I'll never get this report done by Friday. Thanks to the flu, I'm now behind schedule in my party preparations.
See also: behind, schedule

on schedule

Proceeding within the expected or planned schedule or timetable; neither late nor early. We're still on schedule to arrive at 09:30. What's status of the project? Are you all still on schedule?
See also: on, schedule

slated to (do something)

Scheduled or organized to do or participate in something. A: "How about dinner on Saturday?" B: "Our band is slated to be in Portland for a gig that night. Maybe the week after?" The famous magician has been slated to appear in events around the country for the next six months.
See also: slate, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*ahead of schedule

Fig. having done something before the time given on a schedule or before the expected time. (*Typically: be ~; finish ~.) I want to be able to finish the job ahead of schedule.
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*behind schedule

having failed to do something by the appointed time, especially the time given on a written plan. (*Typically: be ~; fall ~; get ~.) We have to hurry and finish soon or we will fall behind schedule. The project is behind schedule by six months.
See also: behind, schedule

on schedule

at the expected or desired time. The plane came in right on schedule. Things have to happen on schedule in a theatrical performance.
See also: on, schedule

slated to do something scheduled to do something

. (*Typically: be ~; have someone ~.) Mary is slated to go to Washington in the fall. We are slated to leave in November.
See also: schedule, slate, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

on schedule

At the announced or expected time, as in Her first baby arrived right on schedule. Originally alluding to published railroad timetables, this expression dates from the late 1800s.
See also: on, schedule
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.
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The study of professional services prices showed all six of the states without fee schedules - Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Wisconsin - paid more than any of the 30 states with fee schedules.
Delving deeper into the question of parental work schedules, other surveys, such as the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth or the Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, offer data on parental employment and childcare arrangements.
The previous item also gave statistics about Schedule UTP filers in the Compliance Assurance Program (CAP) and informed readers about IRS training and audit activity relating to Schedule UTP, including what the IRS is doing with taxpayers that do not fully comply with Schedule UTP instructions.
For as little as $10/month, businesses can schedule employees online and communicate work schedules by email, text message and mobile device.
* The formulation of trade-offs among design, cost, schedule, and performance constraints
On the College salary schedule as library technicians, library paraprofessionals, or library assistants, most received raises, with the notable exception of the Azalea Library manager, who actually took a 16 percent pay cut.
All schedules and forms which individuals have to have approved in order to use the facilities are kept together in one binder.
TEI commends the IRS and Treasury Department for concluding that the Schedule M-3 supplies substantially all the information that IRS agents require in order to examine significant book-tax accounting differences.
but it comes during a year in which total federal IT spending is still increasing, so this represents a shift specifically away from the schedules as a procurement channel and not just a general decline in the market," Input said.
However, the Army recognises that mission schedules may not always allow a service to be done on the day it is scheduled.
'Smart scheduling' allows universities to determine academic and event schedules all over campus, providing a centralized view of all activity.
First, though, a word of caution: MDS schedules should not be "played with" on a regular basis merely as a matter of convenience.
FTR ReporterDeck, FTR Reporter 2.1 and FTR Log Notes 2.1 as well as parts, labor and other services will be listed on GSA schedules effective immediately., Software, Base costs: $785 per user/year (up to $1,500 per user/year), Training and installation costs: $595 to $1,295 per day, Web input for Student Request and Student Lookup of Schedules: $1,495, plus maintenance of $1,095/year
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