Definition of ahead of (or behind) schedule in English:

ahead of (or behind) schedule


  • Earlier (or later) than planned or expected.

    ‘work finished an astonishing twelve days ahead of schedule’
    ‘I'm behind schedule as it is’
    • ‘I am terribly behind schedule - I plan to finish my report during this week.’
    • ‘The remaining two levels of the parking garage are expected to open ahead of schedule later this month.’
    • ‘I'm a month ahead of schedule so I plan to go back up to seventeen and then take it down again.’
    • ‘The plans to link our cities with motorways are behind schedule.’
    • ‘That ambitious project has slipped behind schedule.’
    • ‘Earlier this month it was revealed that some elements of the plan are running over budget and at least seven years behind schedule.’
    • ‘Net debt at the year end is expected to be reduced ahead of schedule, at approximately €465 million.’
    • ‘Almost half of the children's centres planned for Bradford will be built behind schedule, it has been revealed.’
    • ‘The flight to Chongqing took off four hours behind schedule.’
    • ‘Work is reportedly ahead of schedule and all the brand new homes are expected to be completed by 2005.’
    late, running late, overdue, behind time, not on time, behind, behindhand, behind target
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