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]
See also: ground, lose

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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Still one of the finest racers on the PS3, it's hard not to feel Gran Turismo is beginning to lose ground to the Forza
As analog electronics begin to lose ground to digital devices in the consumer market, the possibility of connecting these devices to home networks and to wide area networks outside the home brings some exciting market prospects to service providers, CE manufacturers, and CE retailers.
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.
Long distance private lines, which traditionally provided the best solution for secure communications over wide areas, will increasingly lose ground to virtual private networks (VPNs) while local private lines will experience a growth surge as carriers bundle several different types of services onto a single private line.