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gain ground

1. To advance toward a desired location. We need to start gaining ground if we want to get back to camp before sunset. The enemy forces are beginning to gain ground, and they're expected to reach the capital sometime tomorrow.
2. By extension, to make progress or obtain more success, popularity, importance, or acceptance. The opposition to vaccinating children, while still a definite minority, has been gaining ground in recent years. No one thought our fast food chain would do well in such a saturated market, but we've started gaining ground!
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gain ground

to make progress; to advance; to become more important or popular. Our new product is gaining ground against that of our competitor. Since the government announced its new policies, the opposition has been gaining ground.
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gain ground

1. Advance, make progress; also, win acceptance. For example, The new conservation policy is gaining ground among the voters. This expression alludes to a military advance in which an army literally takes territory from the enemy. Its figurative use dates from about 1800. For an antonym, see lose ground.
2. gain ground on or upon . Encroach on, advance at the expense of. For example, Door-to-door canvassing helped them gain ground on the opposition.
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gain ground

COMMON If something or someone gains ground, they make progress and become more important or more powerful. His ideas on nutrition have been gaining ground in recent years. The pound has gained ground on the foreign exchanges this morning. At the time, the Fascists were still steadily gaining ground in the East End. Compare with lose ground.
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gain ˈground


1 (of soldiers) move forward in a battle: Our men began to gain ground, forcing the enemy back towards the river.
2 (of an idea, development, etc.) become more popular or successful: Diesel cars seem to be gaining ground because they are cheaper to run.
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gain ground

To progress, advance, or increase: Stock prices gained ground yesterday.
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Downtown White Plains, which had been adversely affected by corporate downsizings for the past several years, gained ground in 1994.
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Though Hill might have lost her case faster had she enlisted an explicit feminist agenda, hooks argues that she would have gained ground as a speaking, public person, and would have given the viewing audience--the black female and every other viewer--something more to sink our teeth into than despair.
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Korea posted a current account surplus for the ninth straight month in October as exports gained ground, weathering the global slowdown and the local currency's gain, the central bank said Wednesday.
Summary: Warsaw, Jul 01, SPA -- Polish presidential candidate Jaroslaw Kaczynski has gained ground over his opponent during the last debate before this weekend&'s runoff election, an online opinion poll said Thursday, according to dpa.
The JPY gained ground during the Asian session, partly aided by the GDP number which though poor at -4% for Q1, was better than expectations of -4.2%.
THE fight to repair the massive technology hole in the Midlands left by the collapse of Marconi gained ground with a multi-million pound deal win by telent.
Tranmere snatched victory with an 88th minute goal from defender Ian Sharps and manager Ray Mathias declared ``I sense we can keep on winning games.'' His side gained ground on Wigan, who could only snatch a late draw at Peterborough,Crewe and Bristol City, who lost to QPR.
Since 1995, the Republicans have gained ground in part because many Democrats have gone along, fearful of losing their seats over reasonable-sounding issues like late-term abortion and parental consent.
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