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to draw first blood
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to be the first person or team that obtains an advantage over a competitor in any contest
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to go one better than sb/sth
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to excel in doing something compared to anyone else who has ever tried it
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to clean one's clock
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to defeat someone soundly or thoroughly in a competition or argument, often with the implication that the opponent had no chance of winning
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ahead of the curve
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superior to others in terms of advancement, achieving success, or modernity
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to blow one's doors off
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to achieve a significantly higher level of success compared to someone or something else
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to get / have the best / better of sb/sth
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to be able to beat someone or something due to being superior in terms of skill or strength
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to build a better mousetrap
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to manage to invent something that improves upon an existing concept or object
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to have the / an edge (over) sb/sth
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to be in a slightly better position when competing against someone else
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to knock / hit sb/sth out of the park
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to achieve significantly better results compared to other people or things
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to leave sb/sth in the dust
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to defeat or outperform someone or something with ease
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to leave sb/sth standing
phrase
to be much better, quicker, more successful etc. than someone or something else
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one jump ahead
phrase
used to refer to someone who is slightly better in terms of being prepared, skilled, etc. when compared to someone or something else
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to step up one's game
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to increase one's level of effort, skill, or performance in a particular activity or area to achieve better results or compete more effectively
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to be streets ahead of sb/sth
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to deliver a much better performance compared to that of others'
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to beat sb to the punch
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to do something before someone else does it
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clean sweep
/klˈiːn swˈiːp/
noun
a decisive victory in which a team or player achieves consecutive wins in any game, contest, or other similar events
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to come out on top
phrase
to win an argument or other competitive situation
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to win / carry the day
phrase
to achieve success or victory in a particular situation or task
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front runner
/fɹˈʌntɹˈʌnɚ/
noun
the leading person or organization that is expected to win or achieve a particular goal
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to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat
phrase
to achieve a victory or success despite initially seeming unlikely or impossible, particularly after experiencing a setback or failure
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by a nose
phrase
used to refer to a victory that is achieved only by a small margin
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to have / hold (all) the aces
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to be in an advantageous position when competing against someone else
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