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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Still, Netflix has a head start in the online space, with its deep library of past and new shows. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Yada yada yada: Netflix to air ‘Seinfeld’ starting in 2021," 16 Sep. 2019 That head start may not have won it a massive following, but Crackle does house some gems, particularly in the realm of cult and classic TV. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "7 Free Streaming Services to Save You From Subscription Hell," 23 June 2019 These are the top-tier quarterbacks on powerhouse teams who enter the season with the kind of hype that gives them a head start in the race. Caleb Friedman, SI.com, "The 117 College Football Players Who Could Win the 2019 Heisman Trophy," 10 June 2019 Gulaban, however, has a head start on her fellow trainees. Abigail Van Buren, Houston Chronicle, "Women’s shared misery enabled better friendship," 27 May 2018 The Freeze — the speedy former track star Nigel Talton who is a part of the Atlanta Braves’ grounds crew and who regularly defeats fans even with opponents getting a head start — grabbed two wins on Thursday. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Usain Bolt gives a shoutout to Braves' The Freeze on Opening Day: 'Too quick for me'," 30 Mar. 2018 But more importantly, Bluetooth had a massive head start, building out an entire ecosystem of connected devices before UWB was anywhere near a viable alternative. Wired, "The Biggest iPhone News Is a Tiny New Chip Inside It," 12 Sep. 2019 Michaels is getting a head start on the holiday with a similar item to the TJ Skeleton Yogi, minus the planter. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Trader Joe's New Yoga Skeleton Succulents Are This Year's Spookiest New Halloween Decoration," 6 Sep. 2019 The Danish firm got a head start by winning early contracts in Britain, which was offering rich subsidies. The Economist, "Orsted has helped boost the prospects of offshore windpower," 31 Aug. 2019

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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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