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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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All the livestock on Gaining Ground Farm is free of hormones and antibiotics, and their pork and beef are available at area tailgate markets.
HARBORNE'S reputation as an arts suburb is gaining ground, having attracted yet another artist Jim Sheehan, who ran a studio in Birmingham's Mailbox, is taking over the Gallery, previously the A and R Gallery at Prince's Corner.
The denominations gaining ground tend to be evangelical, and especially Pentecostal; it's the churches with the strictest demands, like giving up drinking, that are flourishing.
WAVERTREE'S rise up the property ladder is gaining ground and this Liverpool 15 investment opportunity in Canterbury Chase is the perfect chance to jump on the bandwagon.
Hakim of the Inter-American Dialogue fears Bush may even "feel the need to actively oppose" Bolivia's Evo Morales and Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega, whose political parties are gaining ground. These men could become the next elected presidents of their countries.
I wonder what Pierre Teilhard de Chardin would think about this effort to reject evolutionary theory that is gaining ground in various precincts across the United States.
Having previously selected the FireGL V3100 for its IBM IntelliStation M Pro, ATI continues to build on its momentum in the entry-level and mobile workstation graphics markets and is now gaining ground in the high-end with this announcement of the refreshed IBM IntelliStation M Pro and Z Pro products.
"Femsa has been gaining ground on Modelo and (beer) sales in its Oxxo stores are going to continue to benefit," Marco Reyes, an analyst at Scotiabank Inverlat in Mexico City told Reuters.
"Six Sigma" and "Lean Manufacturing" concepts are gaining ground as potential approaches to compliance efforts.
Prior to the sale, Eastman was also gaining ground in agricultural plastics, packaging and sporting goods.
Democrat John Kerry has taken a slight lead over President George W Bush according to a poll that found him gaining ground with women and cutting into the president's advantage on national security.
Sports and herbal drinks are also gaining ground at the expense of traditional fizzy brands, says a new report by market analyst Datamonitor.
Bernanke, in favor of using inflation targeting as a tool in the conduct of monetary policy, has been gaining ground among outside academics and other experts to the chagrin of Fed staffers and former staffers who potentially would lose power internally in the event the Fed switched approaches.
Despite consumer bias against used products, the remanufacturers, a group made up of about 5,000 large and small operations nationwide, have been gaining ground. As an industry, remanufacturers now account for nearly 16.6% of sales in an estimated $40 billion worldwide market.
More recently the works of a new generation of artists have been gaining ground. In 2002, over 68,000 visitors flocked to see "Neo-Tokyo: Japanese Art Now," at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney -- an impressive turnout for Australian audiences.