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head start

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noun
  1. an advantage given or acquired in any competition, endeavor, etc., as allowing one or more competitors in a race to start before the others.

Origin of head start

First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for head start

head start

noun
  1. an initial advantage in a competitive situation

Word Origin

originally referring to a horse's having its head in front of others at the start of a race
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Idioms and Phrases with head start

head start

An early start that confers an advantage, as in This year we'll get a head start on the competition by running more ads. The expression comes from racing, where it was used for a horse being given an advantage of several lengths over the others. Its extension to other areas dates from the early 1900s.

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