make ground

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make ground

To become more successful, popular, important, or accepted. The opposition to vaccinating children, while still a definite minority, has been making ground in recent years. No one thought our fast food chain would do well in a country like India, but we've started making ground!
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If the spill makes ground, it's likely to make ground at or south of the river mouth.