keep one step ahead of

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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.
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STAY one step ahead of the style pack and be the first to showcase this season's must-have leather skirt.
BUSINESSES can stay one step ahead of cyber criminals at a free e-Crime Wales event.
If there is one thing we don't need a border for, it's as a way for criminals to stay one step ahead of the posse.
Broker XSites are designed with tools specifically tailored to help brokers stay one step ahead of their clients and the competition.
New Yorkers are understandably demanding better home protection, and security companies need to stay one step ahead of criminals.
Unfortunately for her, and ultimately for us, Brossard is a sly and ruthless old dog who, though he loses more self-control with each tentative move, can very effectively stay one step ahead of his pursuers.
The new vaccine arrives at a time when antibiotic designers are struggling "to stay one step ahead of [drug-]resistant bacteria," says Fattom.
Working well and the type to stay one step ahead of the handicapper.
But it has been and is used both maliciously and shortsightedly--the former resulting in the plague of computer viruses, and the latter in the Y2K bug Since technology reflects those who create it, one can only hope that, going forward, the best minds will continue to stay one step ahead of the hacks.
Disaster preparedness requires seamless communication for decision-makers to stay one step ahead of the crisis.
The desire to stay one step ahead of the low-cost airlines is also driving the price war ahead.
Their technology seems to stay one step ahead of even the latest developments in anti-spam warfare as
Between 1997 and 1999, it changed names four times to stay one step ahead of credit card issuers.
The researchers conclude that this variation has two functions: It allows the parasite to stay one step ahead of a host's ability to make antibodies that could attack the merozoite proteins, and it ensures that the merozoite-infected red cells won't run out of cells to stick to in order to avoid the spleen.