[singular] head start (on/over somebody) an advantage that somebody already has before they start doing something Being able to speak French gave her a head start over the other candidates.Extra examples High scores in the first part gave the Italian team a head start over their rivals. If we leave early, we can get a head start. She wanted to give her children a good head start in their education. Some previous knowledge of the subject gave her a head start on the new course. Children and teenagers have a head start if they have a stable family unit. We’ve got a real head start on the rest of the industry.