One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Get closer to someone or something one is pursuing or with whom one is competing.‘the dollar gained ground on all other major currencies’
- ‘‘It is a bonus just to have survived, but to realise I'm gaining ground on the leader means I am very much in the race,’ she said.’
- ‘The woman behind me in the black car pulled out of a ranch driveway awhile back; she is gaining ground on me.’
- ‘Votes go up and down across all classes, with Labour recently gaining ground on all fronts.’
- ‘If there was a chance for the men's hockey team to gain ground on a playoff spot, it came twofold last weekend.’
- ‘The race looks to be a close and competitive as ever, as we are aiming to gain ground on the few boats ahead of us, while keeping those behind just there.’
- ‘He expects it to gain ground on rivals and hopes that this will marginalise his critics.’
- ‘In California, firefighters are gaining ground on a wildfire there that has burned more than 3,000 acres.’
- ‘Favorable weather is helping firefighters gain ground on a ferocious wildfire in Southern California.’
- ‘It does so because it believes that recessions are a great time to gain ground on the competition.’
- ‘Fire officials hoped cooler weather and diminished winds in the next few days would help crews gain ground on the blazes.’
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