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.
Recent Examples on the Web Instead, the company is at risk of squandering its head start, as nimbler competitors like FTX and Binance continue expanding despite the downturn, according to interviews with crypto experts and 23 current and former Coinbase employees. New York Times, 5 Aug. 2022 That remaining total gives her a significant head start over the eventual Republican nominee. Jimmy Jenkins, The Arizona Republic, 29 July 2022 The three-time Cy Young Award winner got a head start on what's sure to be a celebration of his career by dazzling the struggling Angels, who have been offensively inept while losing 10 of their previous 12. Greg Beacham, ajc, 16 July 2022 This gave McAlister's a head start on its brand evolution centered around digital. Gary Occhiogrosso, Forbes, 11 July 2022 And Darnold has a significant head start with the Panthers’ playbook. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2022 Gilead had a head start with GS-441524 but didn’t capitalize on it. Mary Hui, Quartz, 6 July 2022 The brand already has a great head start with programs like Dave, Real Husbands of Hollywood and the movie Me Time, plus Hart’s interview series Cold as Balls. Jordan Ligons, Essence, 26 June 2022 Now Wright gets to take a head start on leading his team. Nick Suss, USA TODAY, 20 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of head start

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Aug 2022

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“Head start.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/head%20start. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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

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