advance (up)on (something or some place)

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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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Presently they advanced upon him once more, this time wielding their heavy war-spears.
When this work was accomplished, the miners resumed their picks and cut away the rock from underneath the wheel itself, taking care to support it as they advanced upon blocks of great thickness.
As he said this, Ahab advanced upon him with such overbearing terrors in his aspect, that Stubb involuntarily retreated.
But suddenly he roared an oath and advanced upon the rolling fighters.
I repeated my command, with my heart in my mouth, and advanced upon them.
Then, swinging his axe in a great circle to right and left before him, he advanced upon the gate, and the others followed him without hesitation.
A locomotive, running on the rails laid down the evening before, brought the rails to be laid on the morrow, and advanced upon them as fast as they were put in position.
High bluffs advanced upon the river, and forced the travellers occasionally to leave its banks and wind their course into the interior.
Panic-stricken at the thought of losing Wendy the lost boys had advanced upon her threateningly.
Shaking hands seemed appropriate however so I advanced upon the startled Duchess.
These objects were given a field upon which to roam - called a mouse pad - and became items that the population in general advanced upon with interest and anticipation, rather than retreated from in revulsion.
"The fire was advanced upon our arrival, significantly advanced, and a collapse (occurred) shortly thereafter, so the fire definitely had a head start on us," Zaludek said Tuesday.
The port has been largely cut off since the Houthi rebels and their allies advanced upon it in March, forcing President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee to Saudi Arabia.
Then Darnell Fisher, who was full of early running from right-back, was fed the ball by James Forrest and advanced upon Kello's goal.
As royal forces advanced upon them, desertions and the hasty executions of potential deserters diminished Aguirre's small band further.
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