set the pace

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Definition of set the pace

: to be the one that is at the front in a race and that controls how fast the other racers have to go often used figurativelyThe company's advanced equipment sets the pace for the recording industry.

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“Set the pace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/set%20the%20pace. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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