vital ground

vital ground

Ground of such importance that it must be retained or controlled for the success of the mission. See also key terrain.
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However, he broke awkwardly from the stalls, conceding vital ground before flying home from just about last in the final furlong to snatch third.
One vital ground rule: any data collected must remain under cryptographic lock and key.
A high draw is so important as they always come up the middle here, meaning those on the inside give away vital ground turning for home.
The space agency now reports that the delightfully named KRUSTY (Kilopower Reactor Using Stirling Technology) reactor has passed a vital ground test.
Having completed vital ground investigation works and developed design options for this site, which measures almost 150m in length, we now have options for the solution which will see the removal of the lights.
There was drama in the early stages as Derby runner-up and 7-4 favourite Cliffs Of Moher was tightened up on the rail and stumbled badly, losing vital ground in the process.
NICKY HENDERSON is preparing himself for a tense final week of the jumps season believing he can still be caught for the trainers' title after rival Paul Nicholls clawed back vital ground by following Saturday's Scottish Grand National victory with a treble yesterday.
University of Santo Tomas gained vital ground in the Final Four race after dismantling University of the Philippines, 25-20, 25-21, 25-16, in the UAAP Season 79 women's volleyball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.
ALBION boss Tony Pulis reckons the title race is still alive, even though Tottenham lost vital ground on league leaders Leicester last night.
Russell Slade said his side need to match Wednesday at least until the two sides meet, but once more this was a really good chance to make up some vital ground squandered.
Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy did not hide his displeasure after losing vital ground in the play-off race.