Gain Ground

Gain ground on
Lose ground

Meaning of Idiom ‘Gain Ground’

To gain ground is to make progress, begin to be successful, or become increasingly accepted or influential.

Meaning of Idiom ‘Lose Ground’

To lose ground can be the opposite of the idiom “to lose ground,” meaning to suffer a setback and to fail to continue previous progress. However, the idiom is often used to refer to one’s position relative to a competitor. When it is used this way, it is followed by the preposition to as in “the company is losing ground to its biggest rival.”

Meaning of Idiom ‘Gain Ground On’

The idiom “gain ground on” has a different meaning than “gain ground” without the preposition on. To gain ground on someone is to gain an advantage over them or to get a bigger share of something such as a business market.

Examples Of Use

“The movement to build a town park is gaining ground.”

“We’ve gained ground, especially with younger voters, but the majority is still unlikely to vote our way.”

“They have always been the second biggest software company, but lately they have begun to gain ground on their competitor.”

“The President is losing ground among his primary supporters.”


Used since the 1800’s the idiom alludes to military battles in which one side takes territory from the other, or loses it.

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