gain the lead


: to take the winning position in a race or competition
Her car has gained the lead.
Our team gained the lead in the eighth inning.
often used figuratively
Their company has gained the lead in developing this new technology.

Examples of gain the lead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The teams continued to fight to gain the lead, but each were unable to add another point to their final tallies by the end. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 27 July 2023 While Caroline Ducharme’s layup would briefly give the Huskies the lead, a Georgia Tech free throw evened the score once more, and both teams lost chances to gain the lead in the final minute of the period. Alexa Philippou,, 9 Dec. 2021 But the third-year sophomore left the sideline early for the locker room before halftime and returned in street clothes and wearing a walking boot during the second half while Fresno State, which closed a 14-0 deficit to 21-13 at halftime, rallied to gain the lead. oregonlive, 4 Sep. 2021 Fi Fi Pharoah showed her royal breeding by coming from last, making a move on the far turn and then going four wide into the stretch to gain the lead and win by half-a-length. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2021 The second Kentucky batter walked up and homered to gain the lead. Giana Han, al, 27 Mar. 2021 Temple had shot a hot 8 of 12 (66.7%) in the second quarter in outscoring Tulane 19-13 to gain the lead. Darrell Williams,, 30 Jan. 2021 See More

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“Gain the lead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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