Definition of make up (the) leeway in English:

make up (the) leeway

phrase

British
  • Struggle out of a bad position, especially by recovering lost time.

    ‘he never made up the leeway and was five lengths down at the finish’
    • ‘The Larries resumed well with a goal from Conor Day but Paul Concannon got through for a goal for Confey and despite scores from the impressive Sen Fahy, Shane O'Neill, Karl O'Brien and Owen Corrigan, they couldn't make up the leeway.’
    • ‘Meldrum trailed Shamash by five shots after an opening 83 but just failed to make up the leeway with a 73.’
    • ‘However, Sampower Star forfeited ground by drifting across the track towards Pipalong and could not make up the leeway.’
    • ‘It has to make up the leeway elsewhere through its legendary cost-cutting programmes.’
    • ‘Playing against the wind now, the Bulldogs faced a ferocious assault by the visitors, determined to make up the leeway.’
    • ‘The Bulls will know their fate in the fourth round draw next week, when the 12 Super League clubs enter the fray, but Caisley said: ‘We have made up the leeway and we should be OK.’’
    • ‘The Danehill Dancer filly quickly made up the leeway under Michael Hills to challenge with two of the seven furlongs to go.’