1. begin something with an advantage over other people
get/have/be given a running start
If someone or something has a 'running start' they begin with an advantage. You might hear this used when talking about social issues: "Children who eat breakfast each day have a running start when it comes to paying attention in the classroom." It can be used in sport: "Number 14 is off to a running start." Or it can be used to talk about professional advantages: "This candidate has the right qualifications for the role, so in my books, he is off to a running start for the position."