Focus on the pronunciation of curve
English definition of “curve”
/kɜːv/ noun [C]
› GRAPHS & CHARTS a line on a graph that shows a relationship between two sets of information, for example changes in price over time: Copper looks like it has reached the top of its price curve.a falling/downward curve Research spending has been on a falling curve. a rising/upward curvea steep/smooth/sharp curve Climate change appears to demand we put our electricity usage on a steep downward curve.
ahead of the curve › more advanced, or developing, understanding something, or reaching a point more quickly than other things or people: The ability to speak two languages puts you ahead of the curve in the job market.
behind the curve › less advanced, or developing, understanding something, or reaching a point more slowly than other things or people: The latest price indices are well behind the curve and have not yet picked up dramatic changes in consumer confidence. → See also adoption curve, bell curve, demand curve, experience curve, growth curve, indifference curve, J-curve, learning curve, yield curve