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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
(Anglo-Saxon, grund.)   1
   It would suit me down to the ground. Wholly and entirely.   2
   To break ground. To be the first to commence a project, etc.; to take the first step in an undertaking.   3
   To gain ground. To make progress; to be improving one’s position or prospects of success.   4
   To hold one’s ground. To maintain one’s authority; not to budge from one’s position; to retain one’s popularity.   5
   To lose ground. To become less popular or less successful; to be drifting away from the object aimed at.   6
   To stand one’s ground. Not to yield or give way; to stick to one’s colours; to have the courage of one’s opinion.   7

 Grotto of Ephesus (The).Ground Arms (To). 


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