Advance, make progress, as in We haven't made any headway with this project. This expression, first recorded in 1887, uses headway in the nautical sense of “a vessel's forward movement.”
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How to use make headway in a sentence
The agents in charge were under immense pressure to make headway in the case.
Dozens of ground offensives failed to make headway, as German snipers cut down Allied assaults.How WWII Soldiers Saved Italy’s Art From the Nazis | Noah Charney | May 25, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
And particularly when passiveness can enable challengers to the leadership of political Islam to make headway.
Only then will he be able to make headway in implementing the necessary long-term solutions.
Bascomb could scramble and make headway up the scarred bank, but there was no chance for the motor-cycle to follow.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
The fact that Henry had been the first to make headway with the dog fancier, had not escaped him.The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
With this success our efforts to make headway on the peninsula practically came to an end.The Childrens' Story of the War, Volume 4 (of 10) | James Edward Parrott
We were absolutely unable to make headway in the inky blackness which now reigned, so we got under some thick trees and sat down.13 Days | John Alan Lyde Caunter
She had given up trying to make headway in the fog, and was coming to anchor just above us.Virginia: The Old Dominion | Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins