take the lead

idiom

Definition of take the lead

1 : to take a position that is ahead of others : go first You take the lead and we'll follow right behind you.
2 : to take the winning position in a race or competition Her car has taken the lead. Our team took the lead in the eighth inning. often used figuratively Their company has taken the lead in developing this new technology.

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