To gain upon
Gain Gain, v. i. To have or receive advantage or profit; to acquire gain; to grow rich; to advance in interest, health, or happiness; to make progress; as, the sick man gains daily. [1913 Webster]

Thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbors by extortion. --Ezek. xxii. 12. [1913 Webster]

{Gaining twist}, in rifled firearms, a twist of the grooves, which increases regularly from the breech to the muzzle.

{To gain on} or {To gain upon}. (a) To encroach on; as, the ocean gains on the land. (b) To obtain influence with. (c) To win ground upon; to move faster than, as in a race or contest. (d) To get the better of; to have the advantage of. [1913 Webster]

The English have not only gained upon the Venetians in the Levant, but have their cloth in Venice itself. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

My good behavior had so far gained on the emperor, that I began to conceive hopes of liberty. --Swift. [1913 Webster]


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  • To come upon — Come Come, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS.kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To win upon — Win Win, v. i. To gain the victory; to be successful; to triumph; to prevail. [1913 Webster] Nor is it aught but just That he, who in debate of truth hath won, should win in arms. Milton. [1913 Webster] {To win of}, to be conqueror over. [Obs.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To turn upon — Turn Turn (t[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Turned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Turning}.] [OE. turnen, tournen, OF. tourner, torner, turner, F. tourner, LL. tornare, fr. L. tornare to turn in a lathe, to rounds off, fr. tornus a lathe, Gr. ? a turner s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To impose upon — Impose Im*pose , v. i. To practice tricks or deception. [1913 Webster] {To impose on} or {To impose upon}, (a) to pass or put a trick on; to delude; to cheat; to defraud. He imposes on himself, and mistakes words for things. Locke. (b) to place… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To gain on — Gain Gain, v. i. To have or receive advantage or profit; to acquire gain; to grow rich; to advance in interest, health, or happiness; to make progress; as, the sick man gains daily. [1913 Webster] Thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbors by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To gain ground — ground ground (ground), n. [OE. ground, grund, AS. grund; akin to D. grond, OS., G., Sw., & Dan. grund, Icel. grunnr bottom, Goth. grundus (in composition); perh. orig. meaning, dust, gravel, and if so perh. akin to E. grind.] 1. The surface of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take upon one's self — Take Take, v. t. [imp. {Took} (t[oo^]k); p. p. {Taken} (t[=a]k n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.] 1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To gain a point — Point Point, n. [F. point, and probably also pointe, L. punctum, puncta, fr. pungere, punctum, to prick. See {Pungent}, and cf. {Puncto}, {Puncture}.] 1. That which pricks or pierces; the sharp end of anything, esp. the sharp end of a piercing… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gain upon — Synonyms and related words: accost, advance, approach, appropinquate, approximate, bear down on, bear down upon, bear up, catch up with, close, close in, close with, come, come closer, come forward, come near, come on, come up, come up to, come… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • gain upon — move closer to, close the distance between …   English contemporary dictionary

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