- having an advantage over someone
- starting early or before the starting time
- favorable advantage in the beginning of an event, competition or activity
- They left early so as to get a head start on the rush hour traffic.
- His military life gave him a huge head start over other candidates during security job interviews.
- In the early 60’s, NASAs huge budget and large intellectual pool had given them a substantial head start over other international space agencies.
- You need to get a head start on your final year project if you wish to complete it on time.
- College students should work hard and study at every opportunity they get to get a head start on their class fellows.
- He took extra classes to get a head start in his future career.
- Early to bed will give you a head start in the morning.
The first known use of this phrase is from the year 1859 while actual recorded texts containing this phrase are from 1885-1890. This phrase has a very interesting background. During the wide spread popularity of ‘Horse Racing’ in the 19th century, the rule was to align all the horse’s in the beginning of the race by keeping the tip of their head’s in one line. It was observed that some horse’s that had their head a little ahead of others at the beginning of the race usually won and hence the phrase gradually started.