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aground

[uh-ground] /əˈgraʊnd/
adverb, adjective
1.
on or into the ground; in a stranded condition or state:
The ship ran aground.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English. See a-1, ground
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  • Running aground, he was obliged to abandon his vessel.
  • Even sailors who didn't run aground here told tales of the howling winds and birds.
  • Here, wind-whipped tides can build seas big enough to capsize small boats and currents strong enough to drive big ships aground.
  • It worked to a point, until the water became too shallow and the ships ran aground.
  • About a mile or so in from the sea, two boats remain aground where the tsunami wave deposited them.
  • On the open ocean, the wave keeps going until it runs aground.
  • He argues that life was driven aground by the rich availability of snacks.
  • If you are the first ship sailing in these waters, all too often you learn about a rock by going aground on it.
  • It's really too bad when clever ideas run aground on the inconvenient shoals of reality.
  • In the rush to get out of there, the boat ran aground.
British Dictionary definitions for aground

aground

/əˈɡraʊnd/
adverb, adjective
1.
(postpositive) on or onto the ground or bottom, as in shallow water
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Word Origin and History for aground
adv.

late 13c., "on the ground," from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + ground (n.). Of ships and boats, "stranded," from c.1500.

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