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an advantage given or acquired in any competition, endeavor, etc., as allowing one or more competitors in a race to start before the others.
an initial advantage in a competitive situation
An early start that confers an advantage, as in This year we’ll get a head start on the competition by running more ads. The expression comes from racing, where it was used for a horse being given an advantage of several lengths over the others. Its extension to other areas dates from the early 1900s.


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