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English definition of “get a jump on sb/sth”

get a jump on sb/sth

mainly US informal
to start doing something before other people start, or before something happens, in order to win an advantage for yourself: I like to leave work early on Fridays so I can get a jump on the traffic.
(Definition of get a jump on sb/sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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