To make progress. Did you guys get anywhere in the negotiations today? Ugh, I'm not getting anywhere with my research right now.
To make or begin making progress. We got delayed by all the legal hurdles, but now we're finally getting somewhere with the construction. So it was your wife who signed the contract on your behalf? OK, now we're getting somewhere.
Also, not get anywhere. Make no progress, as in I've tried to put this together, but I'm getting nowhere with it. This expression is sometimes intensified as get nowhere fast, as in I tried phoning but got nowhere fast. [Early 1900s] Also see get somewhere; get there.
Make progress. For example, The foundation has been laid, so we're finally getting somewhere. Also see get nowhere; get there.