Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

ahead of the (game/curve)

ahead of the curveahead of the game
Meaning(s)
1) be the first, anticipate sth
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional MediumSocial
    • be/stay ahead of/the game/curve
  • Analysis
    When you say something is 'ahead of the curve' or 'ahead of the game', it means you have been prepared for, or anticipated future events well. This is a popular phrase used to describe companies who are well prepared for advancements in technology or changes in the economic climate: "Apple is a company that prides themselves on being ahead of the curve when it comes to user experience." It can be used to talk about taking steps to prepare for the future and staying ahead of the competition: "All of our staff will be trained in the latest software so we remain ahead of the game in our industry.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I'm going to sleep outside the shopping mall the night before the Black Friday sales. So, when they open the doors, I'll be first in and I'll be ahead of the game on all the best deals!
    2. I like to think of myself as an early adopter. I'm generally first among my friends to invest in new technology. I like to be ahead of the curve.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. That tech company are always ahead of the game with their new products.
    2. Strong Research and Development help companies get ahead of the game.
    3. It's important to stay ahead of the game if you want to keep people interested in your business.
    4. By always reading two extra chapters in her textbook, she stayed ahead of the curve.
    5. The Marketing department had to keep the company ahead of the curve in order to maintain its success.
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