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head +‎ -most


headmost (not comparable)

  1. Closest to the front of a group or pack
    • 1836, Richard Henry Dana, Two Years Before the Mast[1]:
      The headmost was a ship, and the other, a brig.
    • 1859, Sir Walter Scott, “Rob Roy”, in Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds., editor, The World's Greatest Books, Vol VIII[2]:
      The headmost hounds soon burst out of the coppice, followed by three or four riders with reckless haste, regardless of the broken and difficult nature of the ground. "
    • 1914, Ernest Scott, The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders[3]:
      We were now the headmost line of battle ship and gaining fast upon the enemy; but the main part of our fleet seemed rather to drop from them.