It has pulled away from the competition

GoodTaste

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Does "It has pulled away from the competition" mean "it has no more joined the competition"?



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Iceland is top of the index after closing 88% of its gap, and has been the world’s most gender-equal country for nine years, according to the WEF. It has pulled away from the competition as Norway and Finland, in second and third positions, experienced a widening in their equality ratings.

-The Guardian

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No. "Joining the competition" doesn't mean "being with the competition".
It means that where Iceland, Norway and Finland may have ranked 77%, 76%, 75% respectively, (very close together) now they rank, for example, 88%, 77%, 75%. Iceland now has a much greater difference from the other two - it has pulled away.

If three horses are racing and they are together, the one which manages to pull away from the others will win.

*Note: the percentages I've used are phony and could refer to anything.

 
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