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head start

n.
1. Sports A start before other contestants in a race.
2. An early start that confers an advantage.
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head start

or

head-start

n
an initial advantage in a competitive situation
[originally referring to a horse's having its head in front of others at the start of a race]
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head′ start′


n.
1. an advantage given or acquired in any competition, endeavor, etc., as allowing one or more competitors in a race to start before the others.
2. a productive beginning: I'll get a head start on the paperwork this weekend.
[1885–90]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.head start - the advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race); "with an hour's start he will be hard to catch"
advantage, vantage - the quality of having a superior or more favorable position; "the experience gave him the advantage over me"
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head start

noun start, advantage, help, edge, upper hand A good education gives your child a head start in life.
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head start

noun
A factor conducive to superiority and success:
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Translations

head start

n (Sport) (fig) to have a head startpartire avvantaggiato/a
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