steal a march on
phrasal to gain an advantage on unobserved

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • steal a march on — {v. phr.} To get ahead of someone by doing a thing unnoticed; get an advantage over. * /The army stole a march on the enemy by marching at night and attacking them in the morning./ * /Jack got the job by getting up earlier than Bill. He stole a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • steal a march on — {v. phr.} To get ahead of someone by doing a thing unnoticed; get an advantage over. * /The army stole a march on the enemy by marching at night and attacking them in the morning./ * /Jack got the job by getting up earlier than Bill. He stole a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • To steal a march — Steal Steal (st[=e]l), v. t. [imp. {Stole} (st[=o]l); p. p. {Stolen} (st[=o] l n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Stealing}.] [OE. stelen, AS. stelan; akin to OFries. stela, D. stelen, OHG. stelan, G. stehlen, Icel. stela, SW. stj[ a]la, Dan. sti[ae]le, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • march — See: STEAL A MARCH ON …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • march — See: STEAL A MARCH ON …   Dictionary of American idioms

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