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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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Nevertheless, more Americans perceive that education and taxes have lost ground than say they have gained ground in the past eight years.
Since 1990, democratization in Egypt has lost ground, especially due to the political violence of radical Islamist groups, which has encouraged the government to freeze progress in many areas essential to democracy.
Stocks also lost ground as the overnight release in the United States of weaker-than-expected housing data for July and an August market sentiment report rekindled concern about the outlook for the U.
Five Lamps lost ground when they were defeated 6-4 by Ormesby C despite a hattrick from Mark Walpole.
The pressure can only intensify in Barcelona on Sunday at the Catalunya circuit, and Hamilton admits McLaren do not know why they have lost ground to Ferrari.
He was particularly hopeful about Clear Channel Communications (NYSE: CCU), which lost ground, dropping 14.
PONTARDAWE remain in pole position in the Welsh League after thrashing Milford 5-0 while their nearest rivals all lost ground.
Custom blow molding and thermoforming saw the most improvement in the third quarter, while custom extrusion lost ground, dragged down by declines in operating rates for film, sheet and pipe producers.
Nearly all 33 sectors on the TSE lost ground, with the iron and steel sector leading decliners, followed by the securities and insurance sectors.
NORTON lost ground at the top of the Northern League first division as they lost 3-0 at home to Tow Law.
In its sector review, LaSalle Investment Management noted that all of the major property sectors lost ground in the third quarter, while apartment and office stocks produced a positive return for the year-to-date.
Central markets; all other regions lost ground for the year.