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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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For more information about ChiroFusion's new online patient scheduling platform visit
Management practices that brought changes for former Azalea employees involved operating under a new chain of command and adopting a departmental mode for assignment of duties and scheduling. Training models that required adjustments for staff included use of technology for learning new skills, partnering with college mentors, and, most importantly, intensive on-the-job staff development.
Now it should be obvious that two plus two can equal eight by using planning and scheduling and CBM together.
Until recently, labor scheduling applications were decentralized systems that required grocers to fill individual store-based databases with employee availability, time-off requirements, shift lengths, absenteeism records, salaries, union policies, productivity history and employee preferences.
This latest version of the scheduling and resource management system now supports enterprise-level security and automatically schedules and launches video calls, when combined with Forgent's Video Network Platform (VNP).
SCHEDULING OF NURSES is a major operational challenge in hospitals.
The landscape estimating process produces costs estimates, together with the preliminary planning and scheduling of work.
I can't remember how many debates I've heard about the relative merits of scheduling around core production, melt or molds.'s core product is rules-based, so every provider, department, clinic, and facility can customize to their own specifications.
The data also indicated that vocational teachers indicate that only professional days and special release times were preferred for scheduling professional development activities.
allied with new partners Crestron and Eastview Industries to deploy Tektronix's open API, allowing integration of their room control solutions with Tektronix's video conferencing solution, M2C and the ConferenceMaker 7.0 Scheduling Software.
This involves communicating on both ends, and then coordinating it properly with the movers, and scheduling elevators that our operations people do so well - and trying to be the Devil's Advocate."
I explain that audit requests get first priority; scheduling conflicts should be reported to me.
Workers with a variety of chronic medical conditions have identified the need for scheduling flexibility due to fatiguability (Hopkins & Johnston, 1988).
To assist the task force in developing a schedule that would meet these objectives, the chief provided members with references and resources, including information from Federal authorities on scheduling and labor laws.
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