make up ground

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. : the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

  2. : brand

  3. : the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

ground play
  1. : the bottom of a body of water

  2. : sediment

  3. : ground coffee beans after brewing

  1. : to bring to or place on the ground

  2. : to cause to run aground

  3. : to provide a reason or justification for

  1. : past tense and past participle of grind


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