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
1885–90
British Dictionary definitions for head-start
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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