get the drop on
Get the drop on is defined as a slang expression for getting an advantage over someone or something.
An example of get the drop on is getting a thirty second head start in a race.
- (idiomatic) To point one's firearm at another person, thereby gaining dominance over a situation.
- He got the drop on them and took three of them out before they could fire a shot.
- (idiomatic, by extension) To obtain an advantage over another person, by acting before that person.
- We're always getting the drop on our competitors because the owner really knows the business and can act fast.