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advance (up)on (something or some place)

To move forward or maneuver toward a location or goal, such as in a military offensive or a similarly coordinated march or effort. The army advanced upon the enemy capital. After gathering at city hall, the protesters advanced on the senator's office.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

advance (up)on someone or something

to move toward someone or something. (Typically in military maneuvers or in team sports, such as American football. Upon is more formal and less commonly used than on.) They advanced upon the town, firing their rifles and shouting.
See also: advance, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

advance on

or advance upon
To move increasingly closer to someone or something: On the last lap of the race, I looked back and saw the other runners advancing on me. The army advanced upon the enemy's position.
See also: advance, on
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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I did not wish to return to Baghdad until I could be certain that we were not going to advance upon Altun Kupri.
Salman reiterated that for 2009, AHEC will continue to advance upon the growth strategy implemented during 2008 including the utilisation of its considerable experience and expertise with further concerted efforts in securing contracts for complete engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) solutions, focused business development activities in higher margin contracts, further development of international business into related areas within the UAE and improvement of competitive position through cost reduction initiatives and improved procurement strategies.
"I have a job that I really enjoy and which suits my lifestyle and if I can advance upon that in the future, I'll be very happy."
Hutson shows how Shakespeare and Jonson explore the various potencies of forensic rhetoric across dramatic genres, and in doing so advance upon the forensically informed techniques of Ariosto, Gascoigne and Kyd.
Several chapters, including those on Bellow and Danticat, are thin and do not advance upon previous literary criticism.
Ironically for a confirmed atheist, his greatest work was a folio edition of the Bible, which represented a monumental advance upon the standards and practices of the time.
In accordance with the approved programme amendment, Benefon would pay off all non-collateralized debts in advance upon the decision of the court becoming legally enforceable.
More disappointingly, it fails to advance upon the beginning already made in the area, in terms of literary history and cultural history more generally.
"Hit them with force, resist them, oh people of Baghdad whenever they advance upon your city and remain true to your principles, your faith and your honour.
When they finally came upon Lake Argentino, the source they were seeking, they discovered that the unusual noise was actually the cry of the Perito Moreno Glacier as it made its wrenching advance upon the lake.
We are reviewing the possibility of assigning officers to the CCC a year in advance upon release of the captain's promotion list.
Roehr's account of Reinhold's complicated, "dialectical" interpretation of the French revolution is particularly insightful and marks a real advance upon previous scholarship in this area The section on Freemasonry in this context is especially welcome, not only because Reinhold himself was an active Freemason (and Illuminatus), but also because it is not possible to understand the German Enlightenment without appreciating the central role played therein by Freemasonry.
Exact Change's Yearbook #1 consists of a collection of mostly contemporary poetry which shows some affinity to or advance upon the currents of surrealism and dada.
Three divisions were sent northwest for a new advance upon the city of Xuzhou.