a/one step ahead of
Definition of a/one step ahead of
1 : better prepared than (someone or something) The teacher really has to work to keep one step ahead of the class. She always seems to be one step ahead of me.
2 : able to avoid being caught or found by (someone or something) So far the killer has managed to stay one step ahead of the police/law.
Word by Word Definitions
: a rest for the foot in ascending or descending: such as
: one of a series of structures consisting of a riser and a tread
: a ladder rung
: to move by raising the foot and bringing it down elsewhere or by moving each foot in succession
: to go on foot : walk
: in a forward direction or position : forward
: in front
: in, into, or for the future
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