head-start

head start

noun
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:
1885–90

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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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