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ground floor

the floor of a building at or nearest to ground level.
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 of ground floor
1595-1605 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.
  • The office and salesrooms are on the ground floor, while the rest of the building is devoted to manufacturing.
  • But this little one, here, is the key of the closet at the end of the great gallery on the ground floor.
  • The ground floor was a stable in which he quartered his mule, a cow, and a few scrawny chickens.
  • Its brick hulk seems deserted until night falls, when a dim yellow glow emanates from the only intact window on the ground floor.
  • If you are interested in getting in on the ground floor of my cult development, let me know.
  • Especially if his bedroom is on the ground floor of a church parsonage surrounded by a forest preserve.
British Dictionary definitions for ground floor

ground floor

the floor of a building level or almost level with the ground
(informal) get in on the ground floor, start from the ground floor
  1. to enter a business, organization, etc, at the lowest level
  2. to be in a project, undertaking, etc, from its inception
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Word Origin and History for ground floor

also ground-floor, c.1600, from ground (n.) + floor (n.); figurative use is from 1864.

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in on the ground floor

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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