ahead of the curve

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curve   (kûrv)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A line or surface that bends in a smooth, continuous way without sharp angles.

  2. The graph of a function on a coordinate plane. In this technical sense, straight lines, circles, and waves are all curves.

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