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lose ground

To lose a previously held advantage or lead. His terrible performance in the debate caused him to lose ground to his opponent. I'm worried that we're losing ground in our bid to host the next Olympics. Scientists continue to warn that we're losing ground in the race to reduce climate change.
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lose ground (to someone or something)

to fall behind someone or something. I am losing ground to Wendy in the sales contest. We were losing ground to the opposite team in our quest for the trophy.
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lose ground

Fail to hold one's position; fall behind, deteriorate. For example, The Democrats were losing ground in this district, or We thought Grandma was getting better, but now she's quickly losing ground. This expression originally referred to territory lost by a retreating army. [Second half of 1700s]
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lose ground

COMMON If someone or something loses ground, they lose some of the power or advantage that they had previously. There is no doubt that the city has lost ground in the race to establish itself as a financial centre for Europe. The Socialists lost ground in some areas such as the Cote d'Azur and parts of the Languedoc. Compare with gain ground.
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give/lose ˈground (to somebody/something)

allow somebody/something to obtain more power, influence, etc. than yourself: The government has lost ground to the opposition, according to the opinion polls.
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If black students in the sample continue to lose ground through 9th grade at the rate experienced in the first two years of school, they will lag behind white students on average by a full standard deviation in raw math and reading scores and by more than two-thirds of a standard deviation in math even after controlling for observable characteristics (the gap would be substantially smaller in reading).
Deeside Firsts pushed Le Sport to the last game of the night before falling 3-2 to lose ground in the chase for third spot.
5625 in late August 1998 and continued to lose ground intermittently, closing the year at $6.
As analog electronics begin to lose ground to digital devices in the consumer market, the possibility of connecting these devices to home networks and to wide area networks outside the home brings some exciting market prospects to service providers, CE manufacturers, and CE retailers.
5625 in late August 1998, and continued to lose ground intermittently, closing the year at $6.
Digital Visual Interface (DVI) technology continued to lose ground in the Consumer Electronics (CE) market to its sister technology, High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), and is headed for losses in the PC market, reports In-Stat (http://www.