lose ground

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lose ground (third-person singular simple present loses ground, present participle losing ground, simple past and past participle lost ground)

  1. (idiomatic) To suffer loss or disadvantage; to experience a setback.
    He lost ground in his career due to his illness.
    The are losing ground to foreign competitors every year.
    • 2014 November 14, Stephen Halliday, “Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland: Maloney the hero”, in The Scotsman[1]:
      The pre-match mantra from the Scotland camp may have been of it not being a “must win” game but that fooled no-one, Poland’s win in Georgia earlier last night simply crystallised how vital it was for the Scots not to lose any more ground at this stage of an intensely competitive campaign.
    Antonym: gain ground


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