Idiom: get a jump on
Idiom: get a jump on someone/something
- to act before someone/something to get an early advantage
Note: This idiom comes from running races where sprinters jump out of the "blocks" as fast as possible after the gun goes off to start the race with an advantage.
- We left an hour early for the beach to get a jump on weekend traffic.
- We're going to get a jump on the competition by giving free samples to all of the residents as they move into the new housing complex.
- Retailers try to get a jump on the competition by offering Christmas sales earlier and earlier so it's common now to see holiday decorations go up in late-September.
- Early social media users got a jump on their competition even though they weren't sure how they could make money with these platforms.
- I got a jump on my college career by taking courses at a junior college over the summer.
- My children took a speed-reading course when they were in 6th grade and this helped them get a jump on their reading skills.
- We offer a wide variety of courses that will help you get a jump on newly-released software upgrades.
- I got a jump on other bloggers by by starting writing as soon as it came out.
- We've been doing a lot of research to help us get a jump on our competitors.
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