an advantage given or acquired in any competition, endeavor, etc., as allowing one or more competitors in a race to start before the others.
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How to use head start in a sentence
Netflix, with a 13-year head start, had 193 million subscribers worldwide.
In 2007, President Bush signed a law that required all Head Start grantees to be evaluated using an evidence-based system.
“People worrying about picking up head start bills will be picking up bills for prison and a lot of other things,” he says.
He expects more cutbacks to head start when budget sequestration kicks in again in 2015.
Desperate to get a head-start on the season, stores have been pushing Black Friday sales into Thanksgiving Day.Send in the Drones? Retailers Ruined This Christmas | Daniel Gross | December 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
“They (NRA) had a hundred-year head start, so this is going to take a bit of time,” says Kelly.Mark Kelly Lobbies for Stricter Gun Laws in Washington | Eleanor Clift | April 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
With the corner of his eye Aldo had seen Mrs. Van Osten's small head start up like a disturbed snake at the end of the table.The Devourers | Annie Vivanti Chartres
With Martha to guide him through the night and the witch-girl's power disabled, they'd get a day's head start.The Syndic | C.M. Kornbluth
If we get a good head-start, they don't have anything based here that'll catch up with it.The Syndic | C.M. Kornbluth
In a few minutes the train came whistling around the bend at full speed, trying for a head start up the hill.Ticktock and Jim | Keith Robertson
Around and around they would whirl in a spiral nebula, till one got a head start on a race for home and mother.Unexplored! | Allen Chaffee
British Dictionary definitions for head start
an initial advantage in a competitive situation
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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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