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GAIN. The word is used as synonymous with profits. (q. v.) See Fruit.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The white horse began to rattle in its throat; D'Artagnan gained upon him.
You will lose all you have gained --and you have gained amazingly.
Across the open spaces we gained, and in the brush they caught up with us, and more than once it was nip and tuck.