Definition of on the upgrade in US English:

on the upgrade

phrase

  • Improving; progressing.

    • ‘Frankies Dream's credentials are less obvious, although he is clearly on the upgrade.’
    • ‘Alec Stewart's filly, still very much on the upgrade after only three races, boasts an excellent chance of doubling her score under Richard Hills.’
    • ‘But preference is for Shackleton, who looked to be rapidly on the upgrade when cruising to a 12 lengths victory at Clonmel.’
    • ‘Certainly, he looked a horse rapidly on the upgrade at Leopardstown at Christmas.’
    • ‘The six-year-old has won his last two races in the style of a reformed character and his five lengths success over Rudi's Pleasure at Cheltenham last time confirmed him to be a horse on the upgrade.’
    • ‘The horse, however, is on the upgrade and has to be supported.’
    • ‘This horse, still on the upgrade, will not be beaten without a fight.’
    • ‘Already proven on this course, Manbow went down fighting at Sandown last time in a performance which confirmed him to be still on the upgrade.’
    • ‘Still on the upgrade, Lets Roll should relish tomorrow's extra furlong.’
    • ‘It isn't often that tough races like this are won in such style, but Deerpark scored in a manner which would indicate he is rapidly on the upgrade.’