Meaning of GROUND in English

GROUND

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a cricket field/ground/pitch (= area of ground where cricket is played )

the school cricket field

a football ground/stadium (= a place where football is played )

Hundreds of fans were making their way towards the football ground.

a sports field/ground

The village has its own sports field.

be grounds/cause/reason for optimism

The lower crime figures are certainly grounds for optimism.

below ground

an animal that lives below ground

breeding ground

Overcrowded slums are breeding grounds for crime.

cause/grounds for complaint (= a good reason to complain )

I do not think that he has any cause for complaint.

consecrated ground

The bones will be reburied in consecrated ground .

cover...ground (= include so many things )

We need more time to cover so much ground .

cover...ground

A leopard can cover a lot of ground very quickly.

criticize sb/sth on the grounds that (= for the reason that )

The survey was criticized on the grounds that the sample was too small.

discriminate on the grounds/basis of sth

It was found that the company still discriminated on the basis of race in promotions.

discrimination on the grounds/basis of sth

Discrimination on the grounds of nationality is prohibited.

Drive...stakes into the ground

Drive two stakes into the ground about three feet apart.

dumping ground

Rivers have always been a dumping ground for man’s unwanted waste.

feeding ground

ground bait

ground beef

ground cloth

ground control

ground crew

ground floor

a ground floor flat

ground forces

ground frost (= frost that forms only on the ground )

Scotland should have a dry night, with a touch of ground frost in northern glens.

ground glass

ground level

The flats are set around a courtyard with shops at ground level.

ground plan

documents which formed the ground plan for the welfare state

ground rent British English (= rent paid to the owner of the land that a house, office etc is built on )

There is an additional ground rent of £30 per month.

ground rent

ground rules

Our book lays down the ground rules for building a patio successfully.

ground squirrel

ground staff

ground stroke

ground troops

The advancing ground troops were provided with substantial air support.

ground warfare (= fighting on the ground, rather than in the air or on the sea )

Ground warfare took a heavy toll in casualties.

ground zero

Buildings within 25 km of ground zero would be flattened.

grounds for an appeal (= reasons for making an appeal )

You need to have reasonable grounds for your appeal.

grounds for divorce (= acceptable reasons for divorce, according to the law )

Violence and neglect are grounds for divorce.

grounds for suspicion (= reasons for suspicion )

Police can stop and search you if they have good grounds for suspicion.

hallowed ground

The bones will be buried in hallowed ground .

hill/sea/ground fog

Rain was forecast, along with hill fog.

humanitarian grounds/reasons/purposes

He was released from prison on humanitarian grounds.

hunting ground

Madeira used to be a happy hunting ground for antique collectors.

knocked...to the ground

He knocked her to the ground and kicked her.

lay down/establish ground rules for sth

Our book lays down the ground rules for building a patio successfully.

middle ground

The negotiators could find no middle ground.

moral high ground

Neither side in this conflict can claim the moral high ground .

on compassionate grounds

I allowed him to go home on compassionate grounds .

parade ground

proving ground

High-crime areas are proving grounds for new police officers.

purely on the grounds of

The building was closed purely on the grounds of safety.

razed to the ground

In 1162 Milan was razed to the ground by imperial troops.

reasonable grounds (= good reasons )

She must show that she had some reasonable grounds for her action.

recreation ground

recreation ground/area/room

a recreation area for children to play in

rocky ground

They hurried over the rough rocky ground .

shift...ground (= change his opinion )

He refused to shift his ground .

solid ground

It was good to be back on solid ground again.

stamping ground

stomping ground

suit sb down to the ground informal (= suit someone very well )

Country life suits you down to the ground.

testing ground

Eastern Europe has become a testing ground for high-speed privatization.

the ground crew (= the people who prepare an airplane to fly )

The ground crew were refueling the plane.

threw...to the ground

The guards threw Biko to the ground and started kicking him.

waste ground

a piece of waste ground

waterlogged ground/soil

Heavy rain meant the pitch was waterlogged.

well-trodden path/road/ground etc

Andrew was on his well-trodden path to conquering another willing lady.

wrestled...to the ground

Police officers wrestled him to the ground .

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

fertile

That period had made the city a fertile news ground for freelancers such as myself.

Writers had not always found Black Mountain particularly fertile ground .

His inspiration fell on fertile ground , prepared by endless repetition.

This is fertile ground for disequilibration of individuals' reasoning.

This is surely fertile ground for experimentation.

That was the fertile ground that produced the center.

They are fertile ground for the emergence of an explicitly right-wing political force.

In this scenario, the earth simply provided fertile ground for extraterrestrial imports.

high

He led her from the scene of horror to a patch of rocky high ground that seemed safe.

Having gained the high moral ground , I was reluctant to quit it right away.

Some corporations have seized the moral high ground .

The new alliance will attempt to win the moral high ground from anti-abortion and antivivisection groups, he says.

The hotel is on high ground and never was in danger of flooding.

The way things were going the enemy seemed very determined to push the Brigade off this high ground .

Ivan and Gordy and the rest of the boys started building on high ground .

middle

Here would be two worthy contenders - one Thatcherite, one Rocardian - for the newly defined middle ground .

But it is a middle ground that hundreds of police officers use daily.

Major has swiftly moved towards the middle ground of politics.

The middle ground of reason has long been lost on this issue.

He has continued to cling to the middle ground , but that ground has been shifting.

Curb your excesses, they as much as said; seek the middle ground .

President Gorbachev continues to behave as if the middle ground were still there, because without it he is nothing.

When the day of reckoning finally arrived, the truth was found to lie well in the middle ground between these extremes.

moral

Television is therefore seen to be taking the moral high ground , the side of the punter against the forces of evil.

The new alliance will attempt to win the moral high ground from anti-abortion and antivivisection groups, he says.

Lehman Brothers, the investment banking firm handling the sale, went to Harvester and objected on simple moral grounds .

Even the most loyal officials found it increasingly difficult to defend serfdom on moral grounds .

Having gained the high moral ground , I was reluctant to quit it right away.

The argument on moral grounds is not so easy.

Some corporations have seized the moral high ground .

new

To break totally new ground is to abandon the conventional rules.

In emphasising the place which the child played in his own learning process, Plowden was not covering new ground .

I saw fresh moose and deer trails leading from the forest below into this new feeding ground .

But the nature of the media in this country isn't open to people breaking new ground .

Ian Botham is sometimes represented as breaking new ground for his appearances in pantomime.

Although overdue, two elements of the bill can properly claim to be breaking new ground .

open

Some were hanging on the brambles and a few flat, wet clots were lying well out in open ground beyond the clump.

Now, out into the open ground they burst....

She took several deep breaths, then broke cover and sprinted in a zigzag weave across the open ground .

As he passed to the open ground on my left, I joined him.

This prevents any escape across the open ground and many of the rabbits will become entangled in the net.

There, I found open ground without trees.

The skeletal trees that grew close to the chapel rattled their branches in the wind, which whipped across the open ground .

reasonable

Instead, each airline was to be allowed to use its discretion as to frequency and capacity within reasonable grounds .

Search powers should be reviewed and should be exercised where there are reasonable grounds .

The firm can rely on the intermediary if it has no reasonable grounds to doubt what he says.

All they can do is to ensure that the decision-maker did have some reasonable grounds for his action.

The governing body must be able to demonstrate that it has acted on reasonable grounds following reasonable investigations.

solid

At last he succeeded in hauling himself over the boundary wall to the solid ground that marked the edge of Old Ashfield property.

For centuries people have scoured the solid ground in search of the causes of these catastrophic events.

Water, not solid ground , lay beneath.

If these researchers are right, the ramifications of this continental shifting may also extend beyond the oceans and solid ground .

I sat on solid ground , my back against a tree.

Lowell, thrust into the present day and on to solid ground , agreed that he wasn't much good at it.

Similarly, when Dole asserts that Clinton reduced the office of drug czar by 83 percent, he is on solid ground .

thin

Not surprisingly, business news was thin on the ground .

That does not say much for the top chasers of the day, which are very thin on the ground .

Prices were too high in the Aberdeen area and, once again, people too thin on the ground on the West Coast.

Diddymen are now thin on the ground in world football.

Even now, as in the beginning, women are thin on the ground in the service.

New textbooks on nuclear and particle physics are thin on the ground .

Because food resources are scarce in the depths, animals are correspondingly thin on the ground .

Sad to say, major new launches from the big boys are a little thin on the ground .

waste

Police had covered every piece of waste ground , undergrowth, field, wood.

Tony did as he was told and finally saw the large area of waste ground ahead.

His friend Andre Leota was later found shot dead on waste ground .

Example Charles is the owner of a piece of waste ground adjacent to his house.

He has used the waste ground to dump old cars, which he intends to renovate.

The waste ground is separated from a park by some old fencing which is in need of repair.

Their favourite walk was down across the waste ground along Deptford Creek.

On his way across the waste ground he tripped over some rusty car parts and was injured.

■ NOUN

burial

Jane Stuart died in Wisbech 12 September 1742 and was buried in the Friends' burial ground there.

If you go back to the earliest burial grounds , you will find kidney stones and gall stones.

He began to walk away from the burial ground , his heart surging with excitement.

Painter Betina Fink's new series, Ancestral Park, focuses on a contemporary burial ground near her home.

It could be a Roman or Saxon burial ground and they were buried with their treasures.

The graveyard especially is a good place to examine the strange and beautiful gravestones characteristic of old Basque burial grounds .

The former provides a remarkable education resource whilst conserving a very important Anglo-Saxon burial ground .

It is said that there is an ancient burial ground on one of the farms - supposedly haunted!

cover

There are a few gaps, with ground cover to stop the soil slipping.

It turns out the native animals impact that ground cover very lightly.

It can be reduced if you provide more ground cover for the Loaches so that each can find its own space.

Flourishing in sun or light shade, this stachys makes good ground cover under roses.

Cracking in dry weather can be prevented by mulching and ensuring there is a good ground cover .

Once established it spreads very rapidly and provides excellent ground cover .

Low maintenance is an important criteria in many modern gardens and this planting combines ground cover with taller shrub material.

There was extensive ground cover of polar willows, yellow and white whitlow-grass, scurvy grass and many others.

floor

When they stepped out of the lift on the ground floor , Romanov spotted Herr Bischoff's father with another customer.

Leaving by a window on the stairs, I was able to avoid the mud that carpeted the ground floor .

Got to get in on the ground floor !

He's squatting te' flat at ground floor .

The ground floor consisted of two sizeable rooms and a kitchen, while upstairs there was a bathroom and three bedrooms.

Situated on the ground floor of the prison, it is dark, depressing and claustrophobic.

football

The Loch Inn Close to Hibs football ground .

Police will also be able to close off-licences if they deem it necessary, including those near football grounds .

The savings - altogether £100m over the period of the scheme - are to help pay for safety improvements at football grounds .

Our settings are classrooms and the terraces of football grounds .

Many people believe that there are schoolrooms and football grounds where civilized order is for ever on the verge of breaking down.

Compulsory seating at football grounds has greatly increased my enjoyment of games.

We will review sports taxation, reform the Sports Councils and make football grounds safe for spectators.

home

The more there are of the stay-at-homes, the less warm the welcome for foreign rivals on the home ground .

Moral: Stay out of the war unless it is on home grounds .

Rabbits are not territorial creatures to the extent of evicting other rabbits moving into their home ground from further afield.

Until his polar opposite steps lightly down on to his moon-paved home ground , the sleek beast-headed man sits at peace, inviolable.

Neighbors has been noted and debated on home ground .

A bus madly honked as Miguel U-turned under the el and sped back to his home grounds .

The problems for North continued on Sunday when they lost by runs to Downpatrick at their home ground .

Night netting requires that your nets are set between the rabbits' home ground and their feeding areas.

level

At ground level , bergenias, hellebores and, of course, snowdrops all love heavy soil.

This can usually be accomplished from ground level with a variety of hooks, shovels and clamps attached to long poles.

She smiled, and then began to climb the stairs to the ground level and the shapechanger.

Madame de Rochefort and Antoinette both had suites on the first floor, while the Baron occupied rooms at ground level .

The fierce, distorted blind face of the creature appeared at ground level , on its side, searching.

Building, tree planting or change of ground levels will be totally forbidden.

We pass a council estate and a forlorn shop which seems to have been carved into the ground level of the estate.

Its replacement marker indicates a thirteen-foot drop between the present ground level and that of the mid-nineteenth century.

parade

The central road between the gardens had become a parade ground .

A real bomb fell on a parade ground , sending up smoke in an ominous column.

In the meantime there is much to be achieved before they too will march off the parade ground as trained servicewomen.

Cottonwood trees buzzIng with locusts line the old parade ground .

At a torch-lit ceremony held on the regimental parade ground two nights later, we were given our képis.

In the centre of the buildings was a square parade ground with a forlorn flagpole.

When he reached the guardroom he stopped and turned round for one last look at the parade ground .

There is a brief tent inspection before a bugler calls them to attention on the parade ground .

rule

Once you realize this you can start treating it like any other interview, and apply the same ground rules .

The strategic support group ground rules were all they needed to get started.

Appraisal interviews can be made more effective if you stick to some well tried ground rules .

As long as the ground rules were properly observed, Gutfreund gave it right back.

There are no ground rules for knowing how to handle these semi-permanent relationships in the context of the larger family circle.

Some ground rules for the Cold War, of spirit if not of substance, were needed.

Certain commonsense ground rules should be mentioned - discussing marital and financial problems with children, for example, is not advisable.

The owners set the ground rules , then they find all the loopholes to enable them to move players anyway.

■ VERB

break

But it is the final part of the analysis that breaks new ground .

Here was a country striving for the noblest ideals, breaking new ground ... Straight up!

But this year the All Blacks broke new ground .

Obviously, none of this breaks new ground .

Time allowed 00:23 Read in studio A health service trust has broken new ground in caring for people with Alzheimers disease.

Too much of television consists of breaking old ground , its cutting edges appearing mainly on its technology.

breed

Such uniform crops are breeding grounds of potential disaster due to vulnerability to pests or disease.

Macroconsolidation within organizations provides an ideal breeding ground for insulation, isolation, and illusion.

The university and other local research institutions have been a breeding ground for many of the new companies.

Apparently the birds continued northward, but for many years their final breeding grounds were to remain a secret of the wilderness.

War and isolation have proved an ideal breeding ground for corruption and feuding between rival political clans.

establish

Public law wrongs are defined by the rules establishing the substantive grounds of judicial review discussed in Section B below.

Particularly when programs are first starting out, these kinds of written arrangements help establish the ground rules.

It would mean establishing a landing ground deep in the desert, for instance at Defa.

The events in the year following Sputnik had the effect of establishing ground rules for the Cold War.

Ground rules Always establish good ground rules at the beginning of each session.

In order to remove a child against your wishes, they must establish certain legal grounds and obtain a Court Order.

The real purpose of the survey is to establish the exact feeding grounds of the rabbits.

fall

Joseph's words fell on stony ground .

Heavy pearl drops of dew splashed noisily on jute leaves that had fallen to the ground .

The Officer had gone a few yards when he suddenly fell to the ground .

Crack cocaine fell to the ground as Wilson exited and he was prosecuted on drug charges.

In the roar of laughter it provoked, he felt himself falling swiftly towards the ground .

A long shadow fell across the ground in front of me.

As they stepped out into the sunshine Mena Iskander's reticule slipped and fell on the ground .

She falls to the ground , grimacing, and stays down.

gain

He was gaining ground on all of them, he had the beating of them yet.

Having gained the high moral ground , I was reluctant to quit it right away.

For once, the index gained ground despite a decline in shares of Vodafone, the market's biggest stock.

Martin also gained ground on Gordon, finishing sixth and moving within 87 points.

Nationalism has gained ground to the extent that it has begun to claim mainstream status.

Dole feels that Forbes is gaining ground .

It is by no means certain that the Tory tax offensive has gained much ground .

These companies appear to have gained some ground on Packard Bell.

hit

Another boy is hitting the ground with a pickaxe, while a third is holding on to some blue plastic sheeting.

The stream of vomit sailed through the air, and it seemed a long time before it hit the ground .

One theory is the pilot took one risk too many on a low level flight and hit the ground .

When it hit the ground I knew it was a real animal.

He felt her grip lessen, and heard her hit the ground .

The result was a mild crash; as they hit the ground , the propeller broke and the landing gear gave way.

Many gardening businesses have hit rocky ground but Waterers expects to increase turnover from £4.8m to £6m in the year to July.

The company also could shape a well-educated, flexible pool of employment candidates who could hit the ground running.

knock

He knocked her to the ground , punched her and threw her over her bonnet, the court heard.

Among those who had been knocked to the ground was Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein.

Children were knocked to the ground , screaming and crying as the guards broke through the picket line.

She was knocked immediately to the ground from the heat and enveloped in smoke that was not black but red.

A terrier man drives his quad bike into a protestor, knocking him to the ground .

Then, without warning, a tremendous blast smote the city, knocking pedestrians to the ground .

Horrified shoppers watched as Darren Caygill was knocked to the ground , suffering a broken nose.

He claimed that Mr Maltby lunged at him so he punched him, knocking him to the ground .

lay

Again Diana insisted it was laid on the ground .

When we halted... the rebels halted and lay down on the ground .

I lay down on the ground and looked through the windows, right into the King's rooms.

It was either get rid of the ball quick or just lay on the ground .

Nick lay on the ground , watching them.

With many of their tents in Confederate hands, large numbers of Federal troops lay unprotected on the ground .

In a moment of madness Rosenoir kicked Alan Kernaghan as he lay on the ground .

It also shows soldiers encircling unarmed civilians, beating them with rods as they lay on the ground .

lie

I lay on the ground , very, very tired.

When we halted... the rebels halted and lay down on the ground .

I lay down on the ground and looked through the windows, right into the King's rooms.

It was either get rid of the ball quick or just lay on the ground .

Even if bitten or pecked it continues to lie limply on the ground .

They were the unfortunate wounded left lying on the ground and caught by the flames.

Her Suzy Lamplugh Trust personal rape alarm was lying on the ground a few feet away.

When Kerson is lying on the ground he announces the esteem he has for During.

lose

Then she went cautiously, losing ground but keeping her bearings.

Shares of major banks lost ground .

The radicals have steadily lost ground to the moderates since then.

Therefore, even in those first moments, he had lost ground , was starting to fall behind himself.

Without Samson's monumental strength, the smiths seemed to lose ground .

Bob Dole, but a second showed him losing some ground .

In the end, he has lost out on the grounds of inferior physique.

The concern in 1970 was that women were losing ground in educational opportunities.

occupy

Catholic graves, ancient and modern, occupied most of the ground .

It was large, occupying most of the ground floor of the house.

Their origins and histories are varied, but all occupy ground that was previously glaciated and many are ancient.

Apples grown in the integrated orchard occupied the metaphorical middle ground .

It occupied the moral high ground and refused to budge.

Mr Aznar has successfully occupied the centre ground .

The key Labour politician, Ramsay MacDonald, was equally eager to occupy the middle ground .

prepare

If we are to achieve those in practice, we must first prepare the ground carefully.

In fact, the new sciences are malting such an impact because two simultaneous developments have prepared the ground .

With hindsight, one can see how Mr Gorbachev has been preparing the ground for this week's changes.

They're also prepared to do the ground spraying on short notice.

This year you must prepare the ground , sort out family relationships and establish a stronger material and financial base.

In other words, he is preparing the ground for a partition of the province.

Franco began to prepare the ground , starting with the Falange.

Haushofer wished to contact Hamilton and have him prepare the ground among the company he kept.

stand

Nell flinched, but stood her ground .

You know when to stand your ground and when to give in.

When the rats came, Buckthorn and Silver had obeyed Bigwig and stood their ground .

But he could doggedly stand his ground .

Richmann stood his ground , certain he would be able to jump out of the. way if things went wrong.

Not enough to start a war; just enough to let me stand my ground without having to think about it first.

I calculate, I stand my ground .

I stood my ground , hands on hips, scowling.

throw

They threw him to the ground and beheaded him in front of his son.

When I tried to pick him up he squirmed wildly, jerked away and threw himself to the ground again.

I set off, threw myself to the ground and proceeded to roll three times.

The previous actress who played Topsy had been far more emotive, screaming, yelling, throwing herself to the ground .

Moses' staff changed into a snake when Aaron threw it to the ground before Pharaoh.

A white woman had also reported that a black soldier threw her on the ground and ran away.

Another coin was thrown on the ground .

This is useless, she said, throwing it to the ground .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a happy/good hunting ground (for sth)

I pass up a roadside rest area, a happy hunting ground for new cars and ready cash.

In the early years of this century, many a collector found Madeira a happy hunting ground.

Scandinavia was a happy hunting ground for him and he did the same for Nicolai Gedda.

be thick on the ground

If the security forces are thick on the ground and loyalist gunmen commit murder it is the result of collusion.

It searches for heroes in the knowledge that villains are thick on the ground.

They were thickest on the ground in Norfolk and the clothing places of Suffolk.

be thin on the ground

Magazines about home improvement were very thin on the ground at the time - not like now.

Our only problem is finding staff, because good programmers are really thin on the ground.

By the mid-1970s, managers and executives in the late 30s to late 40s age group were thin on the ground.

Even now, as in the beginning, women are thin on the ground in the service.

Hard evidence is thin on the ground, and what there is, is not encouraging.

Major launches were thin on the ground.

New textbooks on nuclear and particle physics are thin on the ground.

Not surprisingly, business news was thin on the ground.

Systems integrators and resellers are thin on the ground, and there is little home-grown technology.

The cabs were thinner on the ground now, so I kept a couple of cars between us.

be/get in on the ground floor

common ground

Democrats and Republicans did find some common ground in the debates about privacy.

cut the ground from under sb's feet

dangerous ground/territory

You're on dangerous ground when you talk politics with Ed.

Discussion had ventured into dangerous territory.

Here we are on dangerous ground, though.

I release my safety belt to hold you, dangerous ground, ground where my feet have wings of flame.

It is a scouting reconnaissance into un-known and potentially dangerous territory.

Mr. Lawson moves on to what I regard as even more dangerous territory.

Probably because for Marc it was dangerous ground.

Second, that any official who ignores them is on dangerous ground.

They must also enter the dangerous ground of anticipating the techniques which might be available in the future.

fall on stony ground

Alan's charming smile fell on stony ground with her.

Joseph's words fell on stony ground.

Some initiatives have already fallen on stony ground, but, as we see in subsequent features, others keep coming.

Their marriages had fallen on stony ground but it seemed to me there was still hope.

fall on stony ground

Alan's charming smile fell on stony ground with her.

Joseph's words fell on stony ground.

Some initiatives have already fallen on stony ground, but, as we see in subsequent features, others keep coming.

Their marriages had fallen on stony ground but it seemed to me there was still hope.

freshly ground/picked/made etc

A garland of freshly picked marigolds hung from the mirror.

A good addition to dried apricot fool is a spoonful or two of freshly ground almonds.

Add the mascarpone Reheat, adding the mascarpone and correcting the seasoning with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Drizzle with a tablespoon or so of olive oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Season generously with freshly ground pepper and add salt to taste.

Squeeze over some lemon juice and add freshly ground pepper.

Sure enough, inside we found some beautiful zucchini and tomatoes, freshly picked from a nearby garden.

There were dates and a delicious bowl of freshly made cottage cheese.

gain ground

an approach which is gaining ground in schools

Evangelical Christianity has been gaining ground since the Second World War.

In the currency markets, the dollar gained ground in Japan and Europe.

Laurent died in 1853, but his ideas slowly gained ground over the next ten years.

Stock prices gained ground in late trading today.

The idea that environmental issues are also religious issues is gaining ground among churches in the U.S.

Dole feels that Forbes is gaining ground.

For once, the index gained ground despite a decline in shares of Vodafone, the market's biggest stock.

He was gaining ground on all of them, he had the beating of them yet.

Martin also gained ground on Gordon, finishing sixth and moving within 87 points.

Nationalism has gained ground to the extent that it has begun to claim mainstream status.

The fierce campaign by several anti-Maastricht movements has been gaining ground.

The trend gained ground in the United States, where early symphony audiences ached to exude social refinement.

have/keep both feet on the ground

She's really creative, but she also has her feet firmly on the ground.

So I guess inversely he taught me the need to be prepared and keep both feet on the ground.

high ground

He led her from the scene of horror to a patch of rocky high ground that seemed safe.

On approaching the high ground before the Alps themselves we all encountered thick cloud, despite the season, and icing.

Some corporations have seized the moral high ground.

Television is therefore seen to be taking the moral high ground, the side of the punter against the forces of evil.

The flak was heavy, relentless as hounds chasing a cornered stag up and down high ground.

The way things were going the enemy seemed very determined to push the Brigade off this high ground.

They had time to save furniture and valuables before fleeing to high ground early Saturday morning.

They were taking the high ground.

hit the ground running

If we can hit the ground running, we'll stay ahead of the competition.

Graduates of law school hit the ground running, you see, as soon as they enter practice.

He said his Navy experience prepared him to jump into new jobs in new places and hit the ground running.

The company also could shape a well-educated, flexible pool of employment candidates who could hit the ground running.

The pressures to perform were immense and their careers were on the line: They expect me to hit the ground running.

They either hit the ground running, or the ground hits them standing still.

keep your/an ear to the ground

I haven't heard any more news, but I'll keep my ear to the ground.

on neutral ground/territory

on solid ground

Our main objective is to get the city's finances onto solid ground.

I sat on solid ground, my back against a tree.

Similarly, when Dole asserts that Clinton reduced the office of drug czar by 83 percent, he is on solid ground.

We are on solid ground when we say that we will oppose this Bill.

prepare the way/ground for sb/sth

A third preliminary task was to prepare the ground for the recruitment of support workers.

Edelstone and other analysts expect this chip will prepare the way for the K6, due out next year.

His staff could prepare the way for this.

In other words, he is preparing the ground for a partition of the province.

It prepared the way for the men who were to prepare the way for the Council.

This helped prepare the ground for Labour's literacy and numeracy hours, which have achieved outstanding success.

With hindsight, one can see how Mr Gorbachev has been preparing the ground for this week's changes.

Yet the volume closes with three sonnets which prepare the way for the intensely symbolic landscapes of Mascarilla y trebol.

rooted to the spot/floor/ground etc

Ashi found herself rooted to the spot in disbelief as she watched the threshing legs of her daughter.

For a few moments he had felt rooted to the floor and had been unable to move.

For a moment, she was rooted to the spot.

He stands still, his feet rooted to the ground, his knees locked.

He stood rooted to the spot.

So startled was he by this sudden onslaught, Ryker momentarily froze, rooted to the spot.

Unable to move, Philippa remained rooted to the spot.

sb's stamping ground

A party conference is a natural stamping ground for those who have barely four days in which to make a mark.

It's my guess he is trying to reach his old stamping ground.

Like Banquo's ghost her figure would be seen haunting her old stamping ground.

This raises the question: where is the natural stamping ground for experienced lawyers with case management skills?

sb's stomping ground

take/claim/seize the moral high ground

Some corporations have seized the moral high ground.

Television is therefore seen to be taking the moral high ground, the side of the punter against the forces of evil.

worship the ground sb walks on

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

He kicked Cook as he lay on the ground .

In the middle of the forest was a bare patch of marshy ground .

The ground sloped down from where we stood to the lake shore.

The ground was covered with snow.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

A libation of orange juice poured out on the ground to the memory of Uncle Max, that's all.

Agnes and Weston are alike concerned that the marriage has not been made on the best grounds.

He tumbled to the ground , writhed around on the dirt and covered himself with dust.

However, there are other grounds for expecting a reduction in peeking rate with increasing flock size.

Stooping, shamed, he caressed the hallowed ground .

The cold air is made even more apparent by the swift footwork when the entire cast jump lightly upwards away from the ground .

This time, however, Daley began giving ground , making concessions.

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

above

Secondly, the royal corpse was mangled; it had been in the hands of embalmers and above ground for four years.

Above ground the new Colditz will be very different.

below

You were below ground when it happened.

I had to go below ground to an office where I spoke to a policeman.

Far below ground in the anticline were the Millstone Grits and even deeper were the Carboniferous Limestones.

The water rises, the heat is transferred to heat exchangers and the water then returns below ground to be reheated.

down

Flake or pellets can be ground down fine enough even for a dwarf cichlids using a coffee grinder.

The screams were ground down by the second strike.

Development in the Third World has stalled, ground down by the relentless wheels of the global economic machine.

After being ground down by a rude customer and an unsympathetic boss, they might give shoddy service to good customers.

Grandad has responded by playing for time, hoping that Mr Putin will be ground down by office.

This is known as ground down by the system.

Provided you were not ground down by illness or poverty.

finely

In the early days ordinary mill-stones were used as the clinker was soft and the cement need not be finely ground .

Pimientos become paprika when dried and finely ground .

As production methods improved the clinker produced was harder and the cement had to be more finely ground .

The finely ground nuts got lost in the batter.

At the end of the first week the Liquifry can be supplemented with finely ground dry food and brine shrimp.

Scattering may be a problem unless the sample is very finely ground .

firmly

You can see how firmly grounded the drama is in their own reality.

This attitude was firmly grounded in the belief that the insecurity of the competitive model was essential for efficiency.

As far as its methodology is concerned this approach is firmly grounded in the income-expenditure approach of Keynesian macroeconomics.

freshly

To add more flavour, sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper.

Place freshly ground coffee in cereal bowls inside the refrigerator for several days.

Season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Add the fresh thyme, stirring to combine, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Scatter over the chopped cashews and add some freshly ground black pepper.

home

Stick to jazz, home ground .

She has picked home ground and imposed the tutorial format on him.

on

The trial ground on through the long hot summer in Pretoria.

On one level the social niceties ground on, the minutiae of dress and behaviour observed and chattered over.

The law was challenged soon after it passed on grounds that it violated the First Amendment free-speech rights of state employees.

Events therefore ground on with what appeared to be a tragic inevitability.

Committee meetings ground on , with no results.

out

Coolly Adam ground out his cigarette on the hearth.

Geological features ground out by ancient glaciers are seen overlaid by the scars of recent wind erosion.

He ground out the cigarette and watched her, the burning need in him too fierce to ignore.

He ground out his cigarette and glared at Litchfield.

For the next five years, until his death in 1953, he ground out anodyne pieces.

■ NOUN

cigarette

He ground his cigarette underfoot and walked slowly towards the Fiat.

He ground out his cigarette and glared at Litchfield.

Coolly Adam ground out his cigarette on the hearth.

He ground out the cigarette and watched her, the burning need in him too fierce to ignore.

foot

Lucker seems to have ground his feet into the earth, and trudges with resolve towards me.

Phil said, as the garage-door mechanism ground under our feet .

halt

Julius growled under his breath as the traffic almost ground to a halt .

It seemed as though things had ground to a halt in there.

Whole industries ground to a halt , rubbish piled up in the streets, transport stopped.

The tiny pens, scrawling in palsied traces on endless white ribbons of paper, slowly ground to a halt .

It suddenly ground to a skidding halt and they were all thrown forward.

Business ground to a halt throughout much of the Northeast, South and Midwest.

Treasury yield drops However, the rally in U. S. Treasuries ground to a halt .

The co-op went bankrupt during the Great Depression, said Gross, and maintenance slowly ground to a halt .

pepper

To add more flavour, sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper .

Drizzle with a tablespoon or so of olive oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper .

Season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper .

Scatter over the chopped cashews and add some freshly ground black pepper .

reality

It was a confidence grounded in reality .

It was not blind faith that drove them to change the world, but a belief very well grounded in reality .

tooth

Terry ground his teeth in consternation.

I rubbed it across my tongue, the roof of my mouth, and I ground it between my teeth .

I ground my teeth as I watched her crawl back into the machinery.

I ground my teeth through the second shutdown.

Small Dave ground his teeth and spat into the daylight.

For a while a man ground his teeth horribly, only feet away.

The bed was too narrow and Oliver muttered in his sleep and ground his teeth and thrashed about with his fists.

Paige ground her teeth in angry frustration.

■ VERB

cover

Airy, instantly accessible but surprisingly subtle music covering ground between modem mainstream and bebop and featuring Barnes alongside trumpeter Adams.

It covers much more ground than mooching.

keep

This technique was supposed to keep exposure to ground fire to a minimum.

Weather would keep the rescue choppers grounded , that is, if there were any rescue choppers.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a happy/good hunting ground (for sth)

I pass up a roadside rest area, a happy hunting ground for new cars and ready cash.

In the early years of this century, many a collector found Madeira a happy hunting ground.

Scandinavia was a happy hunting ground for him and he did the same for Nicolai Gedda.

be thick on the ground

If the security forces are thick on the ground and loyalist gunmen commit murder it is the result of collusion.

It searches for heroes in the knowledge that villains are thick on the ground.

They were thickest on the ground in Norfolk and the clothing places of Suffolk.

be thin on the ground

Magazines about home improvement were very thin on the ground at the time - not like now.

Our only problem is finding staff, because good programmers are really thin on the ground.

By the mid-1970s, managers and executives in the late 30s to late 40s age group were thin on the ground.

Even now, as in the beginning, women are thin on the ground in the service.

Hard evidence is thin on the ground, and what there is, is not encouraging.

Major launches were thin on the ground.

New textbooks on nuclear and particle physics are thin on the ground.

Not surprisingly, business news was thin on the ground.

Systems integrators and resellers are thin on the ground, and there is little home-grown technology.

The cabs were thinner on the ground now, so I kept a couple of cars between us.

be/get in on the ground floor

common ground

Democrats and Republicans did find some common ground in the debates about privacy.

dangerous ground/territory

You're on dangerous ground when you talk politics with Ed.

Discussion had ventured into dangerous territory.

Here we are on dangerous ground, though.

I release my safety belt to hold you, dangerous ground, ground where my feet have wings of flame.

It is a scouting reconnaissance into un-known and potentially dangerous territory.

Mr. Lawson moves on to what I regard as even more dangerous territory.

Probably because for Marc it was dangerous ground.

Second, that any official who ignores them is on dangerous ground.

They must also enter the dangerous ground of anticipating the techniques which might be available in the future.

fall on stony ground

Alan's charming smile fell on stony ground with her.

Joseph's words fell on stony ground.

Some initiatives have already fallen on stony ground, but, as we see in subsequent features, others keep coming.

Their marriages had fallen on stony ground but it seemed to me there was still hope.

freshly ground/picked/made etc

A garland of freshly picked marigolds hung from the mirror.

A good addition to dried apricot fool is a spoonful or two of freshly ground almonds.

Add the mascarpone Reheat, adding the mascarpone and correcting the seasoning with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Drizzle with a tablespoon or so of olive oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Season generously with freshly ground pepper and add salt to taste.

Squeeze over some lemon juice and add freshly ground pepper.

Sure enough, inside we found some beautiful zucchini and tomatoes, freshly picked from a nearby garden.

There were dates and a delicious bowl of freshly made cottage cheese.

have/keep both feet on the ground

She's really creative, but she also has her feet firmly on the ground.

So I guess inversely he taught me the need to be prepared and keep both feet on the ground.

high ground

He led her from the scene of horror to a patch of rocky high ground that seemed safe.

On approaching the high ground before the Alps themselves we all encountered thick cloud, despite the season, and icing.

Some corporations have seized the moral high ground.

Television is therefore seen to be taking the moral high ground, the side of the punter against the forces of evil.

The flak was heavy, relentless as hounds chasing a cornered stag up and down high ground.

The way things were going the enemy seemed very determined to push the Brigade off this high ground.

They had time to save furniture and valuables before fleeing to high ground early Saturday morning.

They were taking the high ground.

keep your/an ear to the ground

I haven't heard any more news, but I'll keep my ear to the ground.

on neutral ground/territory

on solid ground

Our main objective is to get the city's finances onto solid ground.

I sat on solid ground, my back against a tree.

Similarly, when Dole asserts that Clinton reduced the office of drug czar by 83 percent, he is on solid ground.

We are on solid ground when we say that we will oppose this Bill.

sb's stamping ground

A party conference is a natural stamping ground for those who have barely four days in which to make a mark.

It's my guess he is trying to reach his old stamping ground.

Like Banquo's ghost her figure would be seen haunting her old stamping ground.

This raises the question: where is the natural stamping ground for experienced lawyers with case management skills?

sb's stomping ground

take/claim/seize the moral high ground

Some corporations have seized the moral high ground.

Television is therefore seen to be taking the moral high ground, the side of the punter against the forces of evil.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Ground the black cable to the engine block, and then connect the red cable to the batteries.

I can't go to the movie with you -- I'm grounded for the next two weeks.

Mr Finkelstein grounded his kids after they were caught fighting at school.

You'll be grounded for a week if I catch you smoking again.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

I ground my teeth through the second shutdown.

In his day, he said, students were grounded in spelling and had learned poetry and the Bible by heart.

Manny Ramirez, who had homered in the opening inning, grounded wide of third.

The seeds are often ground and the resulting powder is a basic ingredient of curry spice mix.

III. adjective

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

freshly

Squeeze over some lemon juice and add freshly ground pepper.

Here was also a coffee machine in which we ground the beans when a customer wanted freshly ground coffee.

A good addition to dried apricot fool is a spoonful or two of freshly ground almonds.

Scatter the freshly ground almonds over the base of the pastry case and carefully pour the syrup mixture on top.

Season generously with freshly ground pepper and add salt to taste.

■ NOUN

level

In urban areas, water is removed by means of continuous pipes or drains below ground level .

They have two sources of origin, above and below ground level .

pepper

Squeeze over some lemon juice and add freshly ground pepper .

Season generously with freshly ground pepper and add salt to taste.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a happy/good hunting ground (for sth)

I pass up a roadside rest area, a happy hunting ground for new cars and ready cash.

In the early years of this century, many a collector found Madeira a happy hunting ground.

Scandinavia was a happy hunting ground for him and he did the same for Nicolai Gedda.

be/get in on the ground floor

cut the ground from under sb's feet

fall on stony ground

Alan's charming smile fell on stony ground with her.

Joseph's words fell on stony ground.

Some initiatives have already fallen on stony ground, but, as we see in subsequent features, others keep coming.

Their marriages had fallen on stony ground but it seemed to me there was still hope.

freshly ground/picked/made etc

A garland of freshly picked marigolds hung from the mirror.

A good addition to dried apricot fool is a spoonful or two of freshly ground almonds.

Add the mascarpone Reheat, adding the mascarpone and correcting the seasoning with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Drizzle with a tablespoon or so of olive oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Season generously with freshly ground pepper and add salt to taste.

Squeeze over some lemon juice and add freshly ground pepper.

Sure enough, inside we found some beautiful zucchini and tomatoes, freshly picked from a nearby garden.

There were dates and a delicious bowl of freshly made cottage cheese.

gain ground

an approach which is gaining ground in schools

Evangelical Christianity has been gaining ground since the Second World War.

In the currency markets, the dollar gained ground in Japan and Europe.

Laurent died in 1853, but his ideas slowly gained ground over the next ten years.

Stock prices gained ground in late trading today.

The idea that environmental issues are also religious issues is gaining ground among churches in the U.S.

Dole feels that Forbes is gaining ground.

For once, the index gained ground despite a decline in shares of Vodafone, the market's biggest stock.

He was gaining ground on all of them, he had the beating of them yet.

Martin also gained ground on Gordon, finishing sixth and moving within 87 points.

Nationalism has gained ground to the extent that it has begun to claim mainstream status.

The fierce campaign by several anti-Maastricht movements has been gaining ground.

The trend gained ground in the United States, where early symphony audiences ached to exude social refinement.

have/keep both feet on the ground

She's really creative, but she also has her feet firmly on the ground.

So I guess inversely he taught me the need to be prepared and keep both feet on the ground.

hit the ground running

If we can hit the ground running, we'll stay ahead of the competition.

Graduates of law school hit the ground running, you see, as soon as they enter practice.

He said his Navy experience prepared him to jump into new jobs in new places and hit the ground running.

The company also could shape a well-educated, flexible pool of employment candidates who could hit the ground running.

The pressures to perform were immense and their careers were on the line: They expect me to hit the ground running.

They either hit the ground running, or the ground hits them standing still.

keep your/an ear to the ground

I haven't heard any more news, but I'll keep my ear to the ground.

prepare the way/ground for sb/sth

A third preliminary task was to prepare the ground for the recruitment of support workers.

Edelstone and other analysts expect this chip will prepare the way for the K6, due out next year.

His staff could prepare the way for this.

In other words, he is preparing the ground for a partition of the province.

It prepared the way for the men who were to prepare the way for the Council.

This helped prepare the ground for Labour's literacy and numeracy hours, which have achieved outstanding success.

With hindsight, one can see how Mr Gorbachev has been preparing the ground for this week's changes.

Yet the volume closes with three sonnets which prepare the way for the intensely symbolic landscapes of Mascarilla y trebol.

rooted to the spot/floor/ground etc

Ashi found herself rooted to the spot in disbelief as she watched the threshing legs of her daughter.

For a few moments he had felt rooted to the floor and had been unable to move.

For a moment, she was rooted to the spot.

He stands still, his feet rooted to the ground, his knees locked.

He stood rooted to the spot.

So startled was he by this sudden onslaught, Ryker momentarily froze, rooted to the spot.

Unable to move, Philippa remained rooted to the spot.

sb's stamping ground

A party conference is a natural stamping ground for those who have barely four days in which to make a mark.

It's my guess he is trying to reach his old stamping ground.

Like Banquo's ghost her figure would be seen haunting her old stamping ground.

This raises the question: where is the natural stamping ground for experienced lawyers with case management skills?

sb's stomping ground

worship the ground sb walks on

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

ground almonds

freshly ground black coffee

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Don't overlook ground arrangements: Airports such as Washington National, a 50p subway ride from downtown, are rare.

In urban areas, water is removed by means of continuous pipes or drains below ground level.

My feet find only forest vegetation, ground creepers.

Season generously with freshly ground pepper and add salt to taste.

Squeeze over some lemon juice and add freshly ground pepper.

They have two sources of origin, above and below ground level.

They need the cash to pay off debt and also ground improvements like seating the kop next summer.

Two other crew were to be carried, Mr. Gillroy as wireless operator and Mr. Davies as ground engineer.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.