leave in the dust


1. rush forward ahead of another, abandon






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try not to be left in the dust, we'll leave them in the dust

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To leave something or someone in the dust means they are far behind in a race, competition or business venture. If you are left in the dust, you are outdone or it is impossible to keep up with someone or something. "The new electric car reaches speeds that will leave diesel cars in the dust." "Our new product will leave our competitors in the dust." This phrase is a metaphor related to speeding cars on dirt roads.

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  1. I was really distracted during the race and got left in the dust.
  2. I didn't want to get left in the dust so I studied really hard to make sure I graduated with my classmates.

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  1. If we work hard and produce the best possible product for the market, we could leave our competitors in the dust!
  2. The new training program could leave expensive university degrees in the dust.

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