Have you ever listened to an English conversation and heard the phrase ahead of the curve being used? If so, you may have considered what the meaning of the term is. We are going to take a look at the meaning as well as finding out where the saying first came from. We will also take a look at some examples in order to further understand how it can be used.
Ahead of the Curve
Ahead of the Curve Meaning
The meaning of the term ahead of the curve is in relation to something which is more advanced than other things of the same category.
Origin of the phrase
The origin of the term ahead of the curve can be dated back to the 1970s when it became popular after appearing in the Washington Beltway. The term refers to curves found in mathematics.
“Ahead of the Curve” Examples
Examples in Statements
There are many sentences in which the term ahead of the curve might be seen, let’s take a look at some examples of this.
The first statement is being made by a teacher about a student.
- Thomas is very bright, he is certainly ahead of the curve in science.
The next statement is being made by a technology company in a press release.
- The new model of smartphone is like nothing we have ever seen before, it is completely ahead of the curve in all aspects.
We are now going to take a look at some examples of conversation in which the American idiom “ahead of the curve” might be seen.
The first conversation is taking place between two friends.
- Person 1; “Have you seen my new car”
- Person 2; “Yes, it is one of those new ones isn’t it.”
- Person 1; “Yes, it is ahead of the curve and really impressive.”
The second conversation is taking place between two parents.
- Person 1; “My daughter is really good at singing.”
- Person 2; I have heard her, she is really ahead of the curve.”
- Belmont city leaders have never been ahead of the curve in environmental matters.
- Businesses that want to stay ahead of the curve find trend research crucial.
- It just shows how desperate New Yorkers are to be ahead of the curve.
- Reagan was ahead of the curve in his sensible discussion of the economics of Social Security.
Other Ways to Say “Ahead of the Curve”
We will now take a look at some other things you could say in place of the term ahead of the curve which have the same meaning.
- Ahead of the game
- More advanced
- Ahead of current trends