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keep one step ahead of someone or something

 and stay one step ahead of someone or something
Fig. to be or stay slightly in advance of someone or something. Al kept one step ahead of Detective Rogers. Try to keep one step ahead of the investigators.
See also: ahead, keep, of, one, step
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The Family Chase UTV, 6pm TBC ENTERTAINMENT Bradley Walsh hosts a spin-off of his hit game show, with four family members now trying to stay one step ahead of the chaser in an attempt to win a cash pot worth thousands.
Joe Lambe (Tom Hughes, left) and his team are desperate to stay one step ahead of the KGB, so they tap up Arklady (Marcel Iures, right) for help.
Assistant Chief Officer Ridley added: "This is just one of a number of exciting IT systems which the force is developing to ensure we stay one step ahead of criminals and also deal with less funding from the Government." The system will be offered to other forces across the country free of charge.
David Yates (inset) and Peter O'Hehir have been gathering info from the top trainers and their brilliant stable tours on pages 6, 7, 10, 11, 14, 15, 20, 22, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30 & 31 can provide the firepower for punters to stay one step ahead of the bookies.
Freddie tries to stay one step ahead of the police, but surely there's only so long he can play such a dangerous game?
They must stay one step ahead of MI5's Alistair Maitland (Ewan McGregor) and various baddies.
Our Take: Network execs are freaked out by the trend lines for linear TV viewing, and are finally trying to stay one step ahead of a fast-moving train.
A LAW firm warned businesses to stay one step ahead of new employment laws.
FORMER X Factor finalists 2 Shoes stole the show at an event to help Liverpool girls stay one step ahead of the style trends.
After former cop Detective Brian O'Conner (Walker) and his lover Mia Toretto (Brewster) break her brother Dominic (Diesel) out of custody, they manage to stay one step ahead of the authorities by regularly criss-crossing borders.
Dublin-born Rhys Meyers, 32 whose real name is Jonathan O'Keeffe, plays a character who fights to stay one step ahead of both the police and a local gangster in the movie set in Belfast.
Paul Young's dog came away on level terms and stuck to his guns down the far side to stay one step ahead of Centaur Rover and Slug City.
The drama unfolds around Don Draper, the biggest ad man in the business who struggles to stay one step ahead of the rapidly changing times and the young executives nipping at his heels.
Experts will be on hand to discuss the steps to take should a business fall victim to fraud, how to employ the right technology in the right way and how to stay one step ahead of the perpetrators.
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