stamping ground

stamping ground

noun
a habitual or favorite haunt.
Also called stomping ground.


Origin:
1780–90

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stamping ground
 
n
a habitual or favourite meeting or gathering place

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Main Entry:  stamping ground
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See stomping ground
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stamping ground

Also, old stamping ground. A habitual or favorite haunt, as in Whenever we visit, we go back to our old stamping ground, the drugstore nearest the high school. This term alludes to a traditional gathering place for horses or cattle, which stamp down the ground with their hooves. [Early 1800s]

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