head start


Definition of head start

1 : an advantage granted or achieved at the beginning of a race, a chase, or a competition a 10-minute head start
2 : a favorable or promising beginning

Examples of head start in a Sentence

They gave me a five-minute head start. She took some extra classes to get a head start in her career. His natural athletic talent gave him a head start on his peers.
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The best head start Walton can receive comes if the Warriors stars sign off on him, if James asks. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Memo to Luke Walton: Here's comes LeBron ... and all that comes with it," 2 July 2018 Four candidates have a head start for the empty council seat. Marci Shatzman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Want to run for office in Boca? Qualifying for vacant seat begins," 4 June 2018 Flores, who is responsible for several dual credit partnerships at PAC, said the programs have successfully given high schoolers a head start to earn college degrees. Alia Malik, San Antonio Express-News, "Incoming Alamo Colleges chancellor continues public meet-and-greets," 4 Apr. 2018 Some in the know go to extreme lengths to get a head start on the bargains. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Fun, silly and fabulous at the Goodwill Glitter Sale," 10 Nov. 2018 For those who already want to get a head start on next year's gifting, be on the look for Target's One-Day Sale, which made its debut in July 2018. Alex Watt, Redbook, "The Best Days for Holiday Shopping Deals Beyond Black Friday," 3 Dec. 2018 For now, get a head start on boot season and shop the current selection at Labucq.com. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Designer Behind Rag & Bone’s Cult-Favorite Boot Is Branching Out With Her Own Line," 1 Oct. 2018 Siri had a few years’ head start among voice assistants and is now actively used on half a billion devices, including on iPhones, MacBook Pros and Apple Watches. Rani Molla, Recode, "Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’," 12 Nov. 2018 As a result, Canada has become the frontrunner in the legal-weed industry, giving it a massive head start in a global pot market some peg at $150 billion. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Inside the race to hack-proof the Democratic Party," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of head start

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: an advantage given at the beginning (as to a school child or a runner)

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