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soft ground

noun
1.
an etching ground usually mixed with tallow.
Compare hard ground.
2.
a technique of etching in which a design is drawn on paper placed on a plate covered with a soft ground, resulting in a granular effect resembling pencil, chalk, or crayon.
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  • Then came a dud which dropped neatly inside on the soft ground.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • He had not even heard a footfall on the soft ground between the trees!

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • Jack studied the soft ground along the shore but the only footsteps visible had been made many days before.

    The Missing Formula Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
  • It brought him to a stretch of soft ground at the edge of a wash.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • Some had been running with such élan that in falling their shoulders had fairly plowed into the soft ground.

    The Note-Book of an Attache Eric Fisher Wood
  • Still there was no reply, and Scarlett gave an angry stamp on the soft ground.

    Crown and Sceptre George Manville Fenn
  • And on the soft ground of these cañons he had begun to recover from his lameness.

  • He, too, made a clean leap, landing on the soft ground below.

  • We got through the hedge, and made our way on the soft ground behind it in the direction of the vans and the tent.

    Chronicles of Martin Hewitt Arthur Morrison
  • The pole was placed on an iron dish that it might not sink into the soft ground.

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