To see McChrystal go is to lose ground and have to restart the whole effort from scratch.
The richest have already recovered; the middle continues to lose ground; the poorer lose ground even faster.
And private sector unions have continued to lose ground in the Obama era, with membership continuing a 30-year decline.
I am in strange ups and downs, and seven times a day I lose ground.
Whether they would do so or lose ground must quickly appear.
I made a short cut obliquely at my best speed, and only halted when I saw that I should lose ground by altering my position.
You have no chance to hit him, and will cause Billy to lose ground.
She did not run between strokes but came to dead stops, and sometimes, during strong gusts, actually appeared to lose ground.
To swerve was to lose ground, but he dared not take the risk.
While the interest of Britain thus triumphed in Spain, it seemed to lose ground at the court of Lisbon.
Old English grund "bottom, foundation, ground, surface of the earth," especially "bottom of the sea" (a sense preserved in run aground), from Proto-Germanic *grundus, which seems to have meant "deep place" (cf. Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Danish, Swedish grund, Dutch grond, Old High German grunt, German Grund "ground, soil, bottom;" Old Norse grunn "a shallow place," grund "field, plain," grunnr "bottom"). No known cognates outside Germanic. Sense of "reason, motive" first attested c.1200; electrical sense is from 1870.
mid-13c., "to put on the ground, to strike down to the ground," from ground (n.). Of ships, "to run into the ground," from mid-15c. Meaning "to base" (an argument, sermon, etc.) is late 14c. Meaning "deny privileges" is 1940s, originally a punishment meted out to pilots (in which sense it is attested from 1930). Related: Grounded; grounding.
"reduced to fine particles by grinding," 1765, past participle adjective from grind.