the inside track


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the inside track

An advantage over someone or something. I hope I have the inside track on the competition, thanks to my extensive student teaching experience.
See also: inside, track

*inside track

Fig. an advantage (over someone) gained through special connections, special knowledge, or favoritism. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) If I could get the inside track, I could win the contract. The boss likes me. Since I've got the inside track, I'll probably be the new office manager.
See also: inside, track

inside track, the

A position of special advantage, as in His relationship with Walter put him on the inside track with the company. This metaphoric expression, which alludes to the inner, shorter track of a race course, has been used figuratively since the mid-1800s.
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