head start

[head start] {n.} 1. A beginning before someone; lead or advantageat the beginning.

The other racers knew they couldn't catch Don ifhe got too big a head start.

Joe has a head start. He began tostudy earlier than we did.

2. A good beginning.

Let's get a headstart in painting the house by getting up early.

The teacher gavethe class a head start on the exercise by telling them the answers tothe first two problems.