Definition of set the pace in English:

set the pace


  • 1Be the fastest runner in the early part of a race.

    ‘Nolan set the pace over the cross-country course’
    • ‘We go jogging at 5.15 am and he leads the way and sets the pace.’
    • ‘Racing at Pioneer Park on Saturday was tailored for the front runners, when in all four races the horse that set the pace prevailed.’
    • ‘But it was Van den Hoogenband, the oldest man in the race, who set the pace, pulling a few inches ahead of the Australian as they neared the end of the first 50 metres and touching in 24.44sec.’
    • ‘The 31-year-old set the pace throughout the race and finished strongly to cross the line in two hours 08.31 minutes, a new championship record time.’
    • ‘Liven On a Prayer set the pace in the six-furlong race and opened a 1 1/2-length lead in early stretch.’
    • ‘In the women's race, first-leg runner Eyerusalem Kuma set the pace for the Ethiopians, who cruised to victory in 2: 11: 54.’
    • ‘But it's a new day with North Carolina A&T State University's race team setting the pace as a history-making program.’
    • ‘Patty, who has already conquered the New York Marathon, set the pace and led from start to finish, as usual.’
    • ‘The winner set the pace while racing a bit off the rail early, then was moved inside in the final turn.’
    • ‘Banjo Picker earned his second stakes win after setting the pace in the six-furlong race for three-year-olds and older.’
    1. 1.1 Lead the way in doing something.
      ‘space movies have set the pace for the development of special effects’
      • ‘Hong Kong action movies have been setting the pace for the rest of the world for more than a decade.’
      • ‘The group repeats a chorus or claps while a lead singer or drummer sets the pace.’
      • ‘In the early days of FM radio, the AM dial was still setting the pace, so FM was a place where it didn't matter much what you played or how you filled your timeslot.’
      • ‘Why should we let a man who has never led a strike in his life set the pace of our dispute?’
      • ‘That rate sets the pace for many consumer loans, especially the prime rate, at most retail banks.’
      • ‘About 750,000 people smoke in Greater Manchester and we are setting the pace by doing something about it.’
      • ‘Mr Fuller is one of only two farmers in the UK to be selected to receive an award this year, which recognises those who are setting the pace in modern agriculture.’
      • ‘Councillors should be setting the pace on behalf of the people.’
      • ‘The Tampa Bay area's biggest public companies are setting the pace for recovery in a strengthening economy.’
      • ‘Paisley boy and upcoming talent Paolo Nutini strutted on to the main stage at 1.30 pm yesterday to rapturous applause, exuding a confidence far exceeding his 19 years, setting the pace and tone for the line-up to follow.’