steal a march on
Gain an advantage over unexpectedly or secretly, as in Macy's stole a march on their rival department store with their Thanksgiving Day parade. This metaphoric expression comes from medieval warfare, where a march was the distance an army could travel in a day. By quietly marching at night, a force could surprise and overtake the enemy at daybreak. Its figurative use dates from the second half of the 1700s.
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You just travel light with carry-on luggage, go to cities that you love, and get to hang out with all your friends.
It was a brick wall that we turned into the on-ramp of a highway.
In less than ten minutes, the bivouac was broken up, and our little army on the march.
Nothing remarkable occurred in our march through this country.
Genoa has but recently and partially felt the new impulse, yet even here the march of improvement is visible.
Now-a-days it is the bankrupt who flouts, and his too confiding creditors who are jeered and laughed at.
Then with your victorious legions you can march south and help drive the Yankee invaders from the land.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn