One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Gain an advantage over (someone) by acting before they do.‘stores that open on Sunday are stealing a march on their competitors’
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- ‘As the battle for the contract hotted up yesterday, Ryanair stole a march on the rest of the field by unveiling its detailed plans for the new terminal.’
- ‘These changes need to happen - it will be painful - but Scotland cannot continue to stand by idly and watch our global competitors steal a march on us.’
- ‘It enabled the men from Manchester to escape with all three points and steal a march on all their rivals.’
- ‘They completely redesigned the way they do things, which allowed them to steal a march on their high-street competitors to become a global brand.’
- ‘‘I think we stole a march on the others,’ recalls Freedman, now an independent consultant.’
- ‘The year is 1958 and America is set to launch its first satellite in an attempt to steal a march on the Soviet Sputnik and regain supremacy in the space race.’
- ‘Whatever the result at Starbeck, three points at Glasshoughton will steal a march on at least one of their rivals as the title race hots up.’
- ‘The big stores tried stealing a march on each other by starting sales before Christmas but on the market we have done pretty well and it's still carrying on now.’
- ‘Toy manufacturers, always keen to steal a march on their rivals, were quick to use the latest materials and fabrication techniques.’
- ‘Lufthansa has done well to steal a march on other airlines wanting to adopt this leading-edge communication service.’
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