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Gain ground

DEFINITION

Make progress against a challenge or a foe. ‘Ground’ is used the sense of an advancing army gaining more ground in a battle, so to gain ground on a project, is to advance steps towards success. (Compare to Headwind, Get ahead or Make headway.)

“You’ve been working on that analysis for a week, have you gained any ground?”

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