Advance, make progress; also, win acceptance. For example, The new conservation policy is gaining ground among the voters. This expression alludes to a military advance in which an army literally takes territory from the enemy. Its figurative use dates from about 1800. For an antonym, see lose ground.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
How to use gain ground in a sentence
As a result, the theory that false accusations were the real problem soon began to gain ground.Alleged Pedophile Ring: Connections to Senior Public Figures Mount | Peter Jukes | November 6, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Knox and Sollecito have a good chance to gain ground in their appeal cases.
By little and little the enthusiasm will gain ground, and, when the moment shall have come, the insurrection will break out anew.The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman | Eugne Sue
In the meantime the "Sketch Book" had continued to gain ground in England.Washington Irving | Henry W. Boynton
Meanwhile Arthur Beaufort's malady continued to gain ground rapidly.Night and Morning, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
We must gain ground first, and with these chains on our feet, we shant go far.Brother Jacques (Novels of Paul de Kock, Volume XVII) | Charles Paul de Kock
Letters are there held in no honour: Scotsmen are hated: superstition and ignorance gain ground daily.Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume II (of 2) | John Hill Burton