pick up speed/momentum

idiom

: to begin to have more speed/momentum
The cyclists quickly picked up speed as they headed down the mountain.
His campaign has begun to pick up momentum.

Examples of pick up speed/momentum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Evelyn’s videos soon began to pick up speed in the way only TikTok videos can. Dianna Mazzone Singh, Allure, 2 Apr. 2024 Cease-fire talks are expected to pick up speed in the coming days. David Segal, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2024 The pilots did pick up speed during their heats, with two actually bumping into each other but remaining in the air as a crowd watched in wonder. Jon Gambrell, Quartz, 28 Feb. 2024 That gives us the opportunity to enjoy both high yield and the potential for outsized gains should the stock market pick up speed. Brett Owens, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 The urban-friendly bike has five different pedal-assist modes, and employs a mid-drive motor that provides up to 140 newton-meter-seconds of torque to pick up speed quickly, powered by a 500-watt motor that runs off a 500-watt-hour battery. Nathan Borchelt, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2024 Just before the tide turned for the Chiefs, the broadcast cut to Swift high-fiving and clapping as the team worked to pick up momentum during the third quarter. Alli Rosenbloom, CNN, 11 Feb. 2024 Tyla Dreamt of Her Grammy-Winning Night—Literally After my move to Connecticut, life seemed to pick up speed. Carola Lovering, Vogue, 5 Feb. 2024 The changes in America that happened through the late ’60s and the ’70s really pick up speed. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 21 Dec. 2023

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“Pick up speed/momentum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pick%20up%20speed%2Fmomentum. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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