steal a march
To start early.

They stole a march by taking non-merchandise inventory on January 2.


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  • steal a march on sb — ► to get an advantage over someone by acting before they do: »Our chief competitor managed to steal a march on us by bringing out their software ahead of ours. Main Entry: ↑steal …   Financial and business terms

  • steal a march on — (someone/something) to spoil someone s plans and get an advantage over them by doing something sooner or better than them. The company plans to steal a march on its competitors by offering the same computer at a lower price …   New idioms dictionary

  • steal a march — This expression indicates the stealthiness of a person over another to gain advantage of the situation. For instance, if two persons are offered some jobs which are vacant, they resolve to go together next day at an agreed time, but one of them,… …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • steal a march on — ► steal a march on gain an advantage over by taking early action. Main Entry: ↑steal …   English terms dictionary

  • steal a march on — phrasal also get a march on : to get ahead of or win an advantage over especially unexpectedly and with sly adroitness stole a march on his competitors by being the first to put the product on the market * * * steal a march on To gain an… …   Useful english dictionary

  • steal a march —    If you steal a march on someone, you do something in an unexpected or secret way that enables you to gain an advantage over them.     We were able to steal a march on other retailers by immediately offering a 10% reduction on orders received… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • steal a march on — {v. phr.} To get ahead of someone by doing a thing unnoticed; get an advantage over. * /The army stole a march on the enemy by marching at night and attacking them in the morning./ * /Jack got the job by getting up earlier than Bill. He stole a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • steal a march on — {v. phr.} To get ahead of someone by doing a thing unnoticed; get an advantage over. * /The army stole a march on the enemy by marching at night and attacking them in the morning./ * /Jack got the job by getting up earlier than Bill. He stole a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • steal\ a\ march\ on — v. phr. To get ahead of someone by doing a thing unnoticed; get an advantage over. The army stole a march on the enemy by marching at night and attacking them in the morning. Jack got the job by getting up earlier than Bill. He stole a march on… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • steal a march on — gain an advantage over by taking early action. → steal …   English new terms dictionary

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