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ahead of the game

  • adverb in an advantageous position
    • she's ahead of the game
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ahead of time

  • adverb before the usual time or the time expected
    early; too soon.
    • she graduated early
    • the house was completed ahead of time
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Dead ahead

  • adverb exactly ahead or in front
    • the laboratory is dead ahead
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  • (Naut.), directly ahead; said of a ship or any object, esp. of the wind when blowing from that point toward which a vessel would go.
Webster 1913

get ahead

  • verb obtain advantages, such as points, etc.
    make headway; advance; gain ground; get ahead; win; gain.
    • The home team was gaining ground
    • After defeating the Knicks, the Blazers pulled ahead of the Lakers in the battle for the number-one playoff berth in the Western Conference
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go ahead

  • verb proceed (with a plan of action)
    go ahead.
    • He went ahead with the project
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go-ahead

  • noun a signal to proceed
    green light.
  • noun readiness to embark on bold new ventures
    enterprisingness; initiative; enterprise.
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plow ahead

  • verb proceed (with a plan of action)
    go ahead.
    • He went ahead with the project
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  • to continue in spite of obstacles or resistence by others. Often used in a bad sense, meaning to continue obstinately in spite of the contrary advice of others.
Webster 1913

pull ahead

  • verb obtain advantages, such as points, etc.
    make headway; advance; gain ground; get ahead; win; gain.
    • The home team was gaining ground
    • After defeating the Knicks, the Blazers pulled ahead of the Lakers in the battle for the number-one playoff berth in the Western Conference
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set ahead

  • verb move forward
    advance.
    • we have to advance clocks and watches when we travel eastward
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thrust ahead

  • verb push one's way
    push forward; barge.
    • she barged into the meeting room
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To get ahead

  • to advance; to prosper.
Webster 1913

To get ahead of

  • . (a) To get in advance of. (b) To surpass; to get the better of. Colloq.
Webster 1913

To go ahead

  • . (a) To go in advance. (b) To go on; to make progress; to proceed.
  • . (a) To go in advance. (b) To go on onward. (c) To push on in an enterprise. Colloq
Webster 1913

To heave a ship ahead

  • (Naut.), to warp her ahead when not under sail, as by means of cables.
Webster 1913

To shoot ahead

  • to pass or move quickly forward; to outstrip others.
Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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