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head start

noun
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.
Also, headstart.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90
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British Dictionary definitions for head start

head start

noun
1.
an initial advantage in a competitive situation
Word Origin
originally referring to a horse's having its head in front of others at the start of a race
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Idioms and Phrases with head start

head start

An early start that confers an advantage, as in This year we'll get a head start on the competition by running more ads. The expression comes from racing, where it was used for a horse being given an advantage of several lengths over the others. Its extension to other areas dates from the early 1900s.
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