lose ground

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lose ground (to someone or something)

to fall behind someone or something. I am losing ground to Wendy in the sales contest. We were losing ground to the opposite team in our quest for the trophy.
See also: ground, lose

lose ground

Fail to hold one's position; fall behind, deteriorate. For example, The Democrats were losing ground in this district, or We thought Grandma was getting better, but now she's quickly losing ground. This expression originally referred to territory lost by a retreating army. [Second half of 1700s]
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lose ground

COMMON If someone or something loses ground, they lose some of the power or advantage that they had previously. There is no doubt that the city has lost ground in the race to establish itself as a financial centre for Europe. The Socialists lost ground in some areas such as the Cote d'Azur and parts of the Languedoc. Compare with gain ground.
See also: ground, lose

give/lose ˈground (to somebody/something)

allow somebody/something to obtain more power, influence, etc. than yourself: The government has lost ground to the opposition, according to the opinion polls.
See also: give, ground, lose
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With controls, black students lose ground slightly to whites over the summer in math, but the result is not statistically significant.
5625 in late August 1998, and continued to lose ground intermittently, closing the year at $6.
Digital Visual Interface (DVI) technology continued to lose ground in the Consumer Electronics (CE) market to its sister technology, High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), and is headed for losses in the PC market, reports In-Stat (http://www.
I'm not saying it will be impossible, but we will lose ground, and it will be some time before we recover what we've lost.
Motorola's lengthy delay in 2003 in upgrading its European portfolio relative to its US line up caused the firm to lose ground across all features.
The Internet remains a global phenomena, so countries providing safe haven for incumbents will lose ground to countries embracing the Internet for the benefit of consumers.