head start

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head start (plural head starts)

  1. (idiomatic) An advantage consisting in starting a competition or task earlier than might be expected; given (or taken), for example, prior to the beginning of a race.
    Fred gave his younger brother a five minute head start in the Easter egg hunt.
    I want to set off at dawn to get a head start over the competition.
  2. (idiomatic) A factor conducive to superiority and success.
    His father's money gave him a head start in life.