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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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*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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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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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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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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ahead of the game

In a position of advantage; winning or succeeding.
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It is a proud moment for us and I would like to thank all our partners and customers for their invaluable feedback and support that allows us to stay ahead of the game, and congratulate Team RSA on yet one more winning performance," said, Chris Dooley, chief executive officer of RSA for the UAE and Bahrain.
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you never know where the path is going to lead, but I'm along for the ride and trying to stay ahead of the game," The Daily Mail quoted her as saying.
While various regional and international hotel companies continue to develop into Saudi Arabia, Al-Said is confident that AKMC, which has been recognised with more than 20 international awards for excellence in hospitality in the past two years alone, can stay ahead of the game.