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take the lead

1. To be the primary person working on something; to assert oneself as the leader. I have meetings all day, so please take the lead on this project, Joan.
2. To become the leader in a competition by overtaking another player, team, or participant. And with that goal, the home team takes the lead! Now that exam scores have been factored in, Amelia has taken the lead in the race for valedictorian.
See also: lead, take
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Fitzpatrick and Bridger, of the former company, as we have already shown, having received their supplies, had taken the lead, and hoped to have the first sweep of the hunting grounds.
The party, therefore, proceeded but slowly, and were gradually left behind by the band of Crows, who had taken the lead.
However, it was Derwen who should have taken the lead on 17 minutes but were denied by a tremendous save from the Wrexham goalkeeper, with the visitors themselves then going close moments later as Shamus Thackeray's 25 yard effort struck the bar with the goalkeeper beaten.
Guilsfield netted after 72 minutes to grab a share of the spoils with Llandudno who had taken the lead from the penalty spot a minute into the secondhalf through Dean Seagar.
They could have taken the lead when a short corner was deflected off the keeper onto a defender and the Dragons were awarded a flick, but it was saved by the Donny keeper.
Kipsang had previously taken the lead during the marathon, with Kiprotich and Kirui later on, giving the audience an exciting finish between the three of them.
Norton should have taken the lead when they were awarded a penalty, but it was blazed wide of Ben Armstrong's goal.
Argyle should have taken the lead within two minutes, but Tom Hitchcock shot wide from close range.
Daggers had twice taken the lead only to be pegged back immediately both times by goals from Ryan Taylor.
The hosts had taken the lead midway through the second half through William Buckley, but Jamie Ward's 85th-minute strike looked to have earned the visitors a draw.
Abercorn should have taken the lead when Cassidy saw his shot deflected onto the bar and then cleared to safety.
The host had taken the lead through Andy Price but Tivi drew level through an own goal before taking the lead through Lee Rollason.
A lack of confidence hurt them that evening, but they're in better form now and have taken the lead in all five matches since that Turner's Cross defeat.
This year President Tom Smull has chosen an individual that has taken the lead on several important issues to the organization.
The winning margin was a length and three quarters, but McCoy indulged himself in the luxury of taking several long looks over his shoulder at his toiling pursuer Yahmi after his mount had taken the lead at the second- last flight.
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