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Lose ground

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Lose ground to retire, to lose advantage
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Quotations

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    “He who throws dirt always loses ground.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. grund; most prob. grund-en, pa.p. of grindan, and orig. meaning 'earth ground small;' cog. with Ger. grund, Ice. grunnr.

Usage

In literature:

The English Lose Ground.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
Whether they would do so or lose ground must quickly appear.
"The Young Ranchers" by Edward S. Ellis
She and Lord Henry had been losing ground for some time, and having separated themselves from Mrs.
"Too Old for Dolls" by Anthony Mario Ludovici
The Rebels, instead of advancing, began to lose the ground they had already won.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
I think I am losing ground fast.
"From Farm House to the White House" by William M. Thayer
Last in the line and steadily losing ground, came a single trap carrying two people.
"A Breath of Prairie and other stories" by Will Lillibridge
Sumner is a little afraid of losing ground with the English guardians of civilization.
"Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863" by Adam Gurowski
Losing sight of me the animal soon stopped, stood still a few minutes and then suddenly dropped to the ground.
"A Gold Hunter's Experience" by Chalkley J. Hambleton
The Washington loses, we are gaining ground.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845" by Various
If we do, the marks suffer; and right away we lose ground.
"Cloudy Jewel" by Grace Livingston Hill
He's been losing ground ever since.
"The Eye of Dread" by Payne Erskine
If the college lose ground in either essential, the loss is usually attributable to a leading set of students.
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
For every man we secure the company brings a score, and we are losing ground.
"Snow on the Headlight" by Cy Warman
These gentlemen are all men that have held their ground for years and it don't seem right they should lose it.
"Silver and Gold" by Dane Coolidge
The old fool will lose them all in that marshy ground.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
Losing all self-command at the sight of such dastardly conduct, he dashed his hat upon the ground in a transport of rage.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
Noel was conscious of a feeling of exultation; for he saw that the scout was losing ground.
"Harper's Round Table, August 13, 1895" by Various
Mr. Cooley, feeling he was losing ground, changed his tactics.
"John Marsh's Millions" by Charles Klein
Obviously she was losing her hold of the ground, and was gradually being dragged out into the open.
"The Laughing Cavalier" by Baroness Orczy
Mrs. Wilson thought I was losing my control, and unable to stand it any longer she got up and walked out of the grounds.
"Pitching in a Pinch" by Christy Mathewson
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In poetry:

My wild words
slip into fusion
& risk losing
the solid ground
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
Help, Lord, for men of virtue fail,
Religion loses ground,
The sons of violence prevail,
And treacheries abound.
"Psalm 12" by Isaac Watts
Oh, solemn mystery
That I should be so closely bound
With neither terror nor constraint,
Without a murmur of complaint,
And lose myself upon such ground!
"Sleep" by George MacDonald
Boodle battled strenuously, on his rival's ground encroaching;
Fearlessly the Foodle faction sneaked the other Party's views;
Full of fight were both opponents; the elections were approaching;
And upon mere Public Business none had any time to lose.
"Git-Yer-Gun" by C J Dennis

In news:

Democrats pleased they didn't lose ground in Idaho Legislature.
As Lotus Notes continues to lose ground compared with MS Exchange, IBM adds an integrated enterprise collaboration feature to its development tool.
School Sex Segregation Loses Ground.
Top young American students stagnate, lose ground.
Team loses ground as Padres sweep.
Cardinals blow four-run lead, fall to Mets to lose ground in wild card race with Braves.
This news doesn't bode well for kids throughout America, who are losing ground daily to the disease.
At about midnight a new count was released that showed the incumbents were losing ground both for first place and in overall percentages, while the challengers were gaining strength.
Legislature losing ground on diversity .
Our two school divisions met or beat the state averages for high school graduation and dropouts, but WJC is losing ground on the latter.
It's simple math – we're losing ground, we must adapt.
After losing ground for four decades, middle America increasingly looks doomed.
US is losing ground in the key source of growth.
Morale sinks as Libyan rebels lose ground.
Opposition forces in Libya appear to be losing significant ground in the battle against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's troops.
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In science:

They show that we do not lose large structural components, such as the disk, the envelope or the spiral pattern of distant galaxies (brighter than MJ = −19.0 mag) observed with the Wide Field Camera 2 more than we do for nearby galaxies observed from the ground.
The morphological segregation of galaxies in clusters. III. The distant cluster Cl0939+4713 (Abell 851)
If, e.g., positive charges outnumber negative ones, one might expect that the whole strip would drift in the field direction - in analogy with American football, where the team with fewer players tends to lose ground.
Driven Diffusive Systems: An Introduction and Recent Developments
We are very sorry to lose Terry’s expertise and enthusiasm so soon after his arrival, but wish him well in his future endeavours. Terry was instrumental in getting the Australian GMOS Imaging Contest (see below) off the ground, and we are grateful that he has agreed to stay involved in this project.
Anglo-Australian Observatory February 2009 newsletter
PILOT is faster at imaging and has a higher resolution than ground based ELTs (Extremely Large Telescopes) in seeing-limited mode, but loses the advantage if GLAO (Ground Layer Adaptive Optic) systems can be routinely operated on those facilities.
The Science Case for PILOT I: Summary and Overview
For muons, which lose energy and which may decay in the atmosphere before reaching the ground, we must first multiply by the muon survival probability and take account of muon energy loss between production at depth X and the ground at vertical atmospheric depth X0 ≈ 1030g/cm2 .
Semi-analytic approximations for production of atmospheric muons and neutrinos
Hence we lose no generality by taking (S, µ) to be the standard ground space in which S = [0, 1] (or (0, 1]) and µ is Lebesgue measure.
The cut metric, random graphs, and branching processes
The emission region of the vibrationally excited lines is pretty clear: The exceedingly high energies above the ground state (up to more than 4000 K places their origin very close to the stellar photospheres of mass losing stars with carbon-rich (HCN) and oxygen-rich (H2O) chemistry, respectively.
IAU (Maser) Symposium 287 Summary
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