To get ahead of

To get in advance of.
To surpass; to get the better of.

See also: Ahead, Ahead

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But there is a rival archaeologist who would ask nothing better than to get ahead of me in this matter.
But he is trying to get ahead of me, which may account for my feeling."
The information will allow the nearby defender to get ahead of the game by planning his move--maybe intercept or contain.