- 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
Examples from the Web for head start
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
December 26, 2013
And by the time they got wind of it, he wanted to have a head-start.The Impossible Voyage Home
Floyd L. Wallace
- an initial advantage in a competitive situation
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.