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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
1595-1605
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British Dictionary definitions for ground-floor

ground floor

noun
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
  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

ground floor

n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for ground-floor

ground floor

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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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