Definition of make up ground in US English:

make up ground


  • Get closer to someone ahead in a race or competition.

    • ‘The greens are perfect so you can make up ground there.’
    • ‘My mind raced and my pulse quickly made up ground.’
    • ‘‘I put myself in position to make up ground but let it slip,’ he sighed.’
    • ‘I have been late off the mark, but am making up ground fast.’
    • ‘He made up ground before the convention, and he made up ground - even moving ahead nationally - during the convention.’
    • ‘Still, legislators and competitors do hope to make up ground on the program access issue where cable is a bit more vulnerable.’
    • ‘It was Austria's Kate Allen, who came out of the water 44th out of 50 competitors, gradually made up ground on the bike and finished with a 34-minute run to win by 6.72 seconds.’
    • ‘The worry for United is that very soon there will be insufficient days in the Premiership schedule for them to make up ground on Arsenal and Chelsea.’
    • ‘The only problem is that their traditional supporters will dislike much of it and it won't help the Tories make up ground with the lower middleclass vote that sustained them for a generation.’
    • ‘He bobbled coming out of the gate and spent most of the race making up ground before flattening out in the stretch and finishing third.’