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I want some words or phrases that describe overtaking car or cars, like in a race. I've heard "make up places" in Top Gear and have been wondering about other ways to say it.

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  • 'out in front' 'in first place' 'leading the pack'
    – Nigel J
    May 19, 2018 at 18:52

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Gain the lead: to take the winning position in a race or competition Her car has gained the lead. Our team gained the lead in the eighth inning.

—often used figuratively: Their company has gained the lead in developing this new technology.

Merriam Webster

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Move up

He'll move up to second place if he can pass Jimmy Jones.

Gain

He's gained four places in the last ten laps.

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  • leave behind
  • pull ahead of
  • go by
  • overtake

All of these are some synonyms for pass

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