ahead of the game

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game 1

1. An activity providing entertainment or amusement; a pastime: party games; word games.
a. A competitive activity or sport in which players contend with each other according to a set of rules: the game of basketball; the game of gin rummy.
b. A single instance of such an activity: We lost the first game.
c. games An organized athletic program or contest: track-and-field games; took part in the winter games.
d. A period of competition or challenge: It was too late in the game to change the schedule of the project.
a. The total number of points required to win a game: One hundred points is game in bridge.
b. The score accumulated at any given time in a game: The game is now 14 to 12.
4. The equipment needed for playing certain games: packed the children's games in the car.
5. A particular style or manner of playing a game: improved my tennis game with practice.
6. Informal
a. An active interest or pursuit, especially one involving competitive engagement or adherence to rules: "the way the system operates, the access game, the turf game, the image game" (Hedrick Smith).
b. A business or occupation; a line: the insurance game.
c. An illegal activity; a racket.
7. Informal
a. Evasive, trifling, or manipulative behavior: wanted a straight answer, not more of their tiresome games.
b. A calculated strategy or approach; a scheme: I saw through their game from the very beginning.
8. Mathematics A model of a competitive situation that identifies interested parties and stipulates rules governing all aspects of the competition, used in game theory to determine the optimal course of action for an interested party.
a. Wild animals hunted for food or sport.
b. The flesh of these animals, eaten as food.
a. An object of attack, ridicule, or pursuit: The press considered the candidate's indiscretions to be game.
b. Mockery; sport: The older children teased and made game of the newcomer.
v. gamed, gam·ing, games
To manipulate dishonestly for personal gain; rig: executives who gamed the system to get huge payoffs.
1. To play for stakes; gamble.
2. To play a role-playing or computer game.
adj. gam·er, gam·est
1. Plucky and unyielding in spirit; resolute: She put up a game fight against her detractors.
2. Ready and willing: Are you game for a swim?
ahead of the game
In a position of advantage; winning or succeeding.
be on (one's) game
To play a sport with great skill.
the only game in town Informal
The only one of its kind available: "He's the only game in town for the press to write about" (Leonard Garment).

[Middle English, from Old English gamen.]

game′ly adv.
game′ness n.

game 2

adj. gam·er, gam·est
Crippled; lame: a game leg.

[Origin unknown.]
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Adv.1.ahead of the game - in an advantageous positionahead of the game - in an advantageous position; "she's ahead of the game"
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I suppose she feels she can charge it up to necessary expenses for publicity and still be ahead of the game, taking into account the advertising she's going to get.'
Silverstein groaned her horror of gambling, and her husband, aware that his eloquence had betrayed him, collapsed into voluble assurances that he was ahead of the game. "An' all because of Joe Fleming," he concluded.
The dons are set for a tricky encounter with Premiership new boys ross County today at 3pm and a statue linked to the dingwallbased club will also be travelling to the stadium ahead of the game.
Initially, Wor Flags had intended to wait until the first game of the 2019/20 campaign to unveil the banner but, having raised more than [pounds sterling]15,000 in less than three weeks in March, the group accelerated their plans and opted to field it in front of a global audience live on Sky Sports ahead of the game against the title-chasing Reds.
Manager Neil Warnock effectively agreed with the bookies, saying ahead of the game that his side had "Manchester City then six winnable games" in their battle to beat the drop.
Neymar is also expected back at the PSG base ahead of the game next week, although he will not be playing as he is ruled out with a fractured metatarsal.
We don't think about the table, we think about the game," the Portuguese told the club's official website, ahead of the game. "We think about what we have to do and Fulham, we know already, is a very good team and it is a tough stadium to play, and we have to focus on that.
I must say that personally, it's more important mathematically for us to come back as quickly as possible, rather than it being emotionally-charged," Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger told press ahead of the game. On the other hand, the hosts will depend on the harmony between their attacking line players, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min, Dele Alli and Harry Kane who tops the Premier League goal scorer list with 22 goals.
Among the fans gathered outside in the rain ahead of the game were nine-year-old Stanley Matthews with his dad, Dai.
"We're still a long way ahead of the game because we haven't let South Africa get away from us.
Writing in his programme notes ahead of the game, he said: "I will probably leave Sam to take the lead again on Tuesday because he's done all the planning and put things in place while I've been away.
Here's hoping those figures will be heading south ahead of the game's release towards the end of the year.