ahead of the game
*ahead of the game
being early; having an advantage in a competitive situation; having done more than necessary. (*Typically: be \ahead of the game; get \ahead of the game; keep \ahead of the game; remain \ahead of the game; stay \ahead of the game.) •

Without the full cooperation of my office staff, I find it hard to stay ahead of the game.

If being ahead of the game is important to you and to your business, lease a mobile phone from us.

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{adv. or adj. phr.}, {informal} 1. In a position of advantage; winning (as in a game or contest); ahead (as by making money or profit); making it easier to win or succeed. * /The time you spend studying when you are in school will put you ahead of the game in college./ * /After Tom sold his papers, he was $5 ahead of the game./ 2. Early; too soon; beforehand. * /When Ralph came to school an hour early, the janitor said, "You're ahead of the game."/ * /John studies his lessons only one day early; if he gets too far ahead of the game, he forgets what he read./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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