take the lead

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  • IPA(key): /ˈtɛɪkθəˈliːd/
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take the lead

  1. (idiomatic) To become the leader, to advance into first place.
    At 0-0, United will take the lead if they score the penalty.
    • 2010 December 29, Sam Sheringham, “Liverpool 0 - 1 Wolverhampton”, in BBC[1]:
      It was an omen of things to come as in the 56th minute the visitors took the lead after a mix-up between Skrtel and Sotirios Kyrgiakos allowed Ebanks-Blake's through-ball to squeeze between them.
  2. (idiomatic) To assume leadership over a group.