make up ground


: to move faster in order to come closer to someone or something ahead
She was trailing in the race, but she was beginning to make up ground.
often used figuratively
The campaign is trying to make up ground by advertising heavily in key states.

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Recent Examples on the Web The two were splitting independents almost evenly, which is where Collier will need to make up ground in order to catch Patrick, UT-Tyler political scientist Mark Owens said. Dallas News, 19 Sep. 2022 Airlines encouraged workers to quit in 2020 when air travel collapsed and have struggled to make up ground this year when air travel rebounded faster than almost anyone had expected. Tali Arbel, Chron, 27 Dec. 2021 Put into a deep hole, the Buckeyes' offense was unable to get into a rhythm and make up ground in a game that had drifted out of control. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2021 Others, such as Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker and USC’s Caleb Williams, can use this week to make up ground with quality performances in big games. Stephen Means, cleveland, 13 Oct. 2022 And as far as the fourth-and-goal play was designed to be a shovel pass from Burrow to Stanley Morgan up the middle that took place after Burrow was able to make up ground on third down, that was simply on the Bengals not executing it. Kelsey Conway, The Enquirer, 12 Oct. 2022 The announcement leaves Morrison’s ruling conservative coalition with a six-week campaign to make up ground on the opposition Labor Party, which leads in the polls. Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2022 The block came with 18 seconds left as Murray tried to make up ground inside. Joe Arruda, Hartford Courant, 4 Feb. 2023 Airlines encouraged workers to quit in 2020, when air travel collapsed, and carriers have struggled to make up ground this year, when air travel rebounded faster than almost anyone had expected. Andy Peters, ajc, 28 Dec. 2021

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“Make up ground.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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