one step ahead

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one step ahead (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) maintaining a slight advantage; continuing to lead
    • 2011 January 5, Jonathan Stevenson, “Arsenal 0 - 0 Man City”, in BBC[1]:
      Wilshere had another shot saved low down by Hart as City struggled to keep up with Arsenal's flowing forward play, the home team always appeared to be one step ahead as City boss Roberto Mancini showed his annoyance by remonstrating with his players on the touchline.

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