What a critic feels has no traction at all—what matters is what the critic thinks in relation to what the writer intends.
I had moved to L.A. and gotten a little bit of traction there, and I think my manager parlayed that into an audition.
It was yet another instance of Perry failing to get any traction all evening.
Guggenheim has been monitoring reaction to the Cain allegations and had not noticed them getting any traction as of Thursday.
To the extent that Romney has delved into foreign affairs, he has had a tough time getting any traction.
I told him you put the barge on rollers and towed it up to Ledyard with a traction engine.
The next step forward was to substitute for horses a traction engine.
This brings the gearing nearer the traction wheels and reduces its weight and complication.
Hence three traction ropes are fastened at the top of the machine.
There are two kinds of pumps commonly used on traction engines, the Independent pump, and the Cross-head pump.
early 15c., "a drawing or pulling" (originally the pulling of a dislocated limb to reposition it), from Medieval Latin tractionem (nominative tractio) "a drawing" (mid-13c.), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin trahere "to pull, draw" (see tract (n.1)). Sense of "rolling friction of a vehicle" first appears 1825.
traction trac·tion (trāk'shən)
The act of drawing or pulling.
A pulling force.
A sustained pull applied mechanically, especially to the arm, leg, or neck, to correct fractured or dislocated bones, to overcome muscle spasms, or to relieve pressure.