1. a favorable position in a competition
; - Example: "the boss's son had the inside track for that job"
2. the inner side of a curved racecourse
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Inside \In"side`\, a.
1. Being within; included or inclosed in anything; contained;
interior; internal; as, the inside passengers of a
stagecoach; inside decoration.
Kissing with inside lip. --Shak.
2. Adapted to the interior.
Inside callipers (Mech.), callipers for measuring the
diameters of holes, etc.
Inside finish (Arch.), a general term for the final work in
any building necessary for its completion, but other than
unusual decoration; thus, in joiner work, the doors and
windows, inside shutters, door and window trimmings,
paneled jams, baseboards, and sometimes flooring and
stairs; in plaster work, the finishing coat, the cornices,
centerpieces, etc.,; in painting, all simple painting of
woodwork and plastering.
Inside track, the inner part of a race course; hence,
colloquially, advantage of place, facilities, contacts,
etc., in competition.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a favorable position in a competition; "the boss's son had
the inside track for that job"
2: the inner side of a curved racecourse
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
24 Moby Thesaurus words for "inside track":
advantage, bulge, coign of vantage, drag, drop, edge, favor,
flying start, head start, interest, jump, odds, pull,
running start, something extra, something in reserve,
special favor, start, suction, upper hand, vantage, vantage ground,
vantage point, whip hand