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set the pace

To establish the speed, level of skill, or standard of quality (that everyone else will or should try to follow or emulate). The new saleswoman blew away everyone else's weekly averages, setting the pace for the entire team. With their dedication to quality and beautiful design, they've been setting the pace in the industry for the past decade.
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set the pace

Establish a standard for others to follow, as in Jim has set the pace for the department, exceeding the monthly quota every time. This expression comes from racing, where it is said of a horse that passes the others and leads the field. It was transferred to other activities in the early 1900s.
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set the pace

COMMON If you set the pace, you do something which becomes the standard or level that other people must achieve. Most fashion journalists believe that Versace has got it right this season and has set the pace for mainstream fashion. In a deal that could set the pace in forthcoming pay deals, the 700,000 chemical workers settled for a 2 percent increase in pay. Note: This expression comes from the fact that a fast runner sets the speed at which all the other competitors in a race have to run.
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set the pace

1 start a race as the fastest. 2 lead the way in doing or achieving something.
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set the ˈpace

do something at a speed which other people must follow if they want to be successful; lead by being better, cleverer, more original, etc. than other people: Jones set the pace in the 5 000 metres.This new style of bicycle has really set the pace for the rest of the industry. ▶ ˈpacesetter noun: Richard Rogers is a pacesetter in modern architecture.
In athletics, one person in a race sets the pace for the other competitors by running faster than them.
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set the pace

1. To go at a speed that other competitors attempt to match or surpass.
2. To behave or perform in a way that others try to emulate.
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