get a head start on (something)

To "get a head start on" something means to start doing it early.

A "head start" in a race is when one person gets to start the race before the other people. Of course, this makes it easier to win the race. So "getting a head start" on Christmas shopping means to start shopping before most other people do.

Other things that people "get a head start on" include:

  • homework
  • taxes
  • college applications

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