ground floor

noun
1.
the floor of a building at or nearest to ground level.
2.
Informal. an advantageous position or opportunity in a business matter, especially in a new enterprise: She took the job in the new company because she wanted to get in on the ground floor.

Origin:
1595–1605

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ground floor
 
n
1.  the floor of a building level or almost level with the ground
2.  informal get in on the ground floor, start from the ground floor
 a.  to enter a business, organization, etc, at the lowest level
 b.  to be in a project, undertaking, etc, from its inception

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Example sentences
His idea was to turn the upstairs into an apartment and use the ground floor as
  a garage and gym.
Ground floor condos feature brightly painted walls, beach-style decor and
  wicker furnishings.
Furthermore they were built on the ground floor next to the reactors.
He noticed that a back window on the ground floor was open and a plank was
  leaning against it.
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