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get ahead

Meaning: If you get ahead, you make progress in your career.

Synonym: advance, progress

For example:

  • get ahead Peter says he got ahead by working hard and listening to people who knew more than he did.

  • get ahead She won't get ahead unless she quits this job and starts working for a bigger company.

Quick Quiz:

If someone really wants to get ahead, they will
  1. take a lot of time off
  2. work a lot and study a lot
  3. play computer games a lot

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