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think ahead

To anticipate (something) and plan or consider the necessary actions or steps in advance. I wish I had thought ahead and packed some food to bring with us. We're thinking ahead to the next fiscal year with these investments.
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think ahead (to something)

to have thoughts about something that is to happen in the future. I began to think ahead to next year when the same thing might happen. You must learn to think ahead if you want to get ahead.
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think ahead

v.
To consider or think about the future; think proactively: I thought ahead and brought a snack in case I got hungry.
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As a statesman, he had always kept one thought ahead of the thoughts of the neighbouring chiefs in the making of treaties and the granting of concessions.
He was like so much cunning, massive steel machinery, and he did what Michael could never dream he did--and, for that matter, which few humans do and which all animal trainers do: HE KEPT ONE THOUGHT AHEAD OF MICHAEL'S THOUGHT ALL THE TIME, and therefore, was able to have ready one action always in anticipation of Michael's next action.
As usual Van Helsing had thought ahead of everyone else, and was prepared with an exact ordering of our work.
He thought ahead for me, weighed my plans, and took a greater interest in them than I did myself.
A few of them have given me food for thought ahead of qualifying campaign.
And while many have thought ahead to having a one night stand on holiday, not all have thought ahead to contraception and risk their sexual health.
If we were all like Julie and thought ahead, what a huge difference we could make.
It was a slightly disappointing result for Celtic after triumphing 3-0 in their opening pre-season game against Brisbane Roar, and will have given the manager some food for thought ahead of the Dinamo clash.
Clark's performance gives Wilson food for thought ahead of this coming Saturday's visit to Walsall, where Pool will be seeking to get their season back on track after the 1-0 defeat at Northampton.
He's not thought ahead and so he will be in trouble after four rounds."
If you haven't consulted this book first, you haven't thought ahead enough.
"We're taking stories everyone knows showing, had people thought ahead, the outcome could be very different.
"He's already thought ahead to pass on information to me and Steve Clarke.
The Pacific Islands ran in four second-half tries to leave the South Africans with plenty of food for thought ahead of their Tri-Nations opener against the All Blacks next Saturday in Christchurch.
You've thought ahead and can feed yourself and your neighbors from your own garden.