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stay one jump ahead

To maintain an advantageous position (over another person or an impending occurrence) by being proactive. I'm studying hard to stay one jump ahead of Christine, who is my main competition for valedictorian. I'm going to leave early and take the side streets so I can stay one jump ahead of the traffic.
See also: ahead, jump, one, stay

be/stay one jump aˈhead (of somebody/something)

have/keep your advantage over somebody by taking action before they do or by making sure you know more than they do: For years he has managed to stay one jump ahead of the police.People who are successful in business are always one jump ahead of the competition.
See also: ahead, jump, one, stay
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He proceeded to teach the subject by staying one jump ahead of his students, spending term-time teaching what he had learned during the previous vacation at a college in London.
Desperate doctor Harrison Ford is on the run from dogged lawman Tommy Lee Jones in a thrilling big-screen revamp of the 'onearmed man' TV series, the frantic action staying one jump ahead of logic.