stay/keep ahead of the field

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of stay/keep ahead of the field

: to continue to be more successful than one's competitors
  • The company is working hard to stay/keep ahead of the field.

Word by Word Definitions

stay play
  1. : a large strong rope usually of wire used to support a mast

  2. : guy:1

  1. : to secure upright with or as if with stays

  2. : to incline (a mast) forward, aft, or to one side by the stays

  3. : to go about : tack

  1. : to stop going forward : pause

  2. : to stop doing something : cease

  3. : to continue in a place or condition : remain

  1. : the action of halting : the state of being stopped

  2. : a stopping or suspension of procedure or execution by judicial or executive order

  3. : self-control, moderation

  1. : one that serves as a prop : support

  2. : a thin firm strip (as of plastic) used for stiffening a garment or part (such as a shirt collar)

  3. : a corset stiffened with bones

  1. : to provide physical or moral support for : sustain

  2. : to fix on something as a foundation

keep play
  1. : to retain in one's possession or power

  2. : to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing

  3. : to have in control

  1. : the means or provisions by which one is kept

  2. : one that keeps or protects: such as

  3. : fortress, castle

ahead play
  1. : in a forward direction or position : forward

  2. : in front

  3. : in, into, or for the future

field play
  1. : an open land area free of woods and buildings

  2. : an area of land marked by the presence of particular objects or features

  3. : an area of cleared enclosed land used for cultivation or pasture

  1. : of or relating to a field: such as

  2. : growing in or inhabiting the fields or open country

  3. : made, conducted, or used in the field

  1. : to catch or pick up (something, such as a batted ball) and usually throw to a teammate

  2. : to take care of or respond to (something, such as a telephone call or a request)

  3. : to give an impromptu answer or solution to


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