make headway


: to move forward or make progress
The wind kept the boat from making headway toward shore.
The boat made little headway against the strong current.
We're gradually making headway with the project.
They've recently made some headway in their search for a cure.

Examples of make headway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The remarks were his strongest public rebuke yet of the first major immigration reform proposal in years to make headway in Congress. Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2024 Whether Washington is willing to compromise to make headway on these issues is unclear. Charlie Campbell, TIME, 25 Apr. 2024 The Warriors might need to go 4-1 our win each of their last five games to make headway. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 6 Apr. 2024 Russian forces will likely try to make headway in the Zaporizhzhia oblast as well, particularly around Orikhiv, where the terrain is open and fewer Ukrainian defensive positions have been prepared. Dara Massicot, Foreign Affairs, 8 Mar. 2024 The message is especially potent as companies continue to make headway on AI models intended to revolutionize how humans live and work. Rachyl Jones, Fortune, 8 Mar. 2024 With pressure from the Biden administration growing, the clock is ticking for the IDF to make headway in weakening Hamas’s military infrastructure. Colin P. Clarke, Foreign Affairs, 5 Feb. 2024 But, despite the fact that the Democrats were unusually open to ceding ground on asylum, talks stalled last Friday, and the failure to make headway on border spending meant that more aid to Ukraine was doomed, too. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 7 Dec. 2023 Street conditions remain poor, though, and some may wonder whether private philanthropy can make headway where the public sector has failed. Stephen Eide, National Review, 27 Nov. 2023

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“Make headway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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