make headway

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v 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"
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Idioms

Make headway - If you make headway, you make progress.
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Usage

In literature:

We could scarcely make any headway, and were frequently overturned headlong into the drifts.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
With his heavy burden he found it impossible to make any headway against the waves, which drove him fiercely towards the rocks.
"Little Bobtail" by Oliver Optic
They would have to put wings on him as big as a side show tent, or he never could make any headway.
"Peck's Sunshine Being a Collection of Articles Written for Peck's Sun, Milwaukee, Wis. - 1882" by George W. Peck
The king could make no headway with his false steel, but whenever Sir Accalon struck at Arthur he drew blood.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
As soon as she reached the south-east point, the skipper luffed up; but the boat was not inclined to make any headway on the new course.
"All Adrift" by Oliver Optic
He was in a sort of hysterical laughter from exhaustion, and, though able to keep above the water, he could not make any headway.
"Duffels" by Edward Eggleston
The motors spun the shaft around futilely without making headway.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
I'm afraid I'm making no headway at all.
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
Insects and fungi make headway.
"The Apple-Tree" by L. H. Bailey
At the same time, the seaplane just then did not seem to be making any headway.
"Some Naval Yarns" by Mordaunt Hall
Wildfire did not make much headway, for he slipped back almost as much as he gained.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
Isn't the boat making uncommon headway?
"The Iron Pirate" by Max Pemberton
The whiplash cracked around the ears of the horses, but they could not make headway.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
However strong he might be, no man with only one oar could make headway into the teeth of such a gale.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
The ship was making no headway whatever.
"The Old Tobacco Shop" by William Bowen
It was almost impossible to make headway against it.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
The boat heeled over, pitched without making headway, and then began to cleave the water with a gentle ripple against her sides.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
But if he wants to make any headway in the great national game, he has got to play it on the level right from the start.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
Nothing did much good, and Mom couldn't make any headway, either.
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine
But it was not likely a fire could make much headway in that downpour.
"The Girl Scouts at Sea Crest" by Lillian Garis
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In poetry:

Still manfully the dusky warriors strove to make headway,
But the Soudanese troops and British swept them back without dismay,
And their main body were mown down by their deadly fire-
But still the heroic Dervishes refused to retire.
"The Battle of Omdurman" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

It appears that Apple could be making headway in its efforts to strike a deal with cable companies and broaden its reach into living rooms.
Only Chen 's own push-polls back up his claims that he's making headway.
Influenza appears to be making headway into Montana earlier than normal this year.
Romney making headway with the base.
ObjectVideo makes headway with licensing.
Major youth groups make headway against sex abuse.
Brendan Shanahan makes headway on head shots.
Making Headway in the Movement to Protect the World's Sharks.
U.S.-Taliban talks were making headway .
Police in Isanti are making some headway on arresting individuals involved with vandalism around the city, but the spray painting and property damage continue nonetheless.
Influenza appears to be making headway into Montana earlier than normal this year.
States make headway on abortion restriction .
Next year, the city of Kenyon hopes to make headway toward getting rid of it.
Wild bison are making headway towards roaming more freely in Montana.
As the 2012 presidential election heats up some believe Republicans fail to make headway because.
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In science:

To make headway with this enlargement, we consider the set of all bounded finitely-additive measures Q on O, such that Pκ [A] = 0 implies Q[A] = 0, and we denote this set by ba(O, Pκ ).
Utility Maximization with a Stochastic Clock and an Unbounded Random Endowment
My overall feeling, though, is that a radical reformulation of non-perturbative QCD is needed before numerical approaches can make further headway.
Simulating Dense Matter
The question arises - exactly what are the “constituent quarks”? What has happened to the gluons? Muller et al, have attempted to make headway on this question, by improving their model.
An Experimental Overview of Results Presented at SQM 2006
Dempster, Evstigneev and Taksar (2006, Theorem 7.2), motivated by the theory of von Neumann-Gale systems, were the first to suggest a remedy to this shortcoming, thus making some headway towards a unified theory of asset pricing for models with constraints and transaction costs.
The fundamental theorem of asset pricing under proportional transaction costs
In this regard, events with the lowest multiplicity may be the simplest ones with which to make headway on the inverse problem.
Dijet Searches for Supersymmetry at the LHC
In order to calculate the corresponding macroscopic traffic equations, we make a very simple assumption, here, namely that the headways ∆r are given by the inverse of the density: P∗ (∆r; r, t) := δ (cid:18)∆r − ρ(r + δr, t) (cid:19) .
From Microscopic to Macroscopic Traffic Models
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