make headway

make headway
obtain advantages, such as points, etc.

The home team was gaining ground


After defeating the Knicks, the Blazers pulled ahead of the Lakers in the battle for the number-one playoff berth in the Western Conference

Syn: ↑gain, ↑advance, ↑win, ↑pull ahead, ↑get ahead, ↑gain ground
Ant: ↑fall back (for: ↑gain)
Derivationally related forms: ↑win (for: ↑win), ↑gainer (for: ↑gain)
Hyponyms: ↑steal, ↑score, ↑hit, ↑tally, ↑rack up
Verb Frames:

Something ——s


Somebody ——s

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make headway
: to move forward or make progress

The wind kept the boat from making headway toward shore.

The boat made little headway [=moved forward very little] against the strong wind.

We're gradually making headway with the project.

They've recently made some headway in their search for a cure.

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Main Entry:headway

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make ˈheadway idiom
to make progress, especially when this is slow or difficult

We are making little headway with the negotiations.

The boat was unable to make much headway against the tide.

Some headway has been made towards restoring the balance of power.

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