make up lost ground

make up lost ground

If someone or something makes up lost ground, they get back some of the power or advantage which they previously lost. Yesterday's campaign launch had been brought forward by almost three weeks in an effort to make up lost ground. Note: Verbs such as recover and regain are sometimes used instead of make up. The U.S. currency recovered much of the lost ground from its collapse on Friday.
See also: ground, lost, make, up