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stamping ground

or stomping ground

a habitual or favorite haunt.
Origin of stamping ground
1780-90 Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Our poet-naturalist seems to have appropriated all outdoors for his stamping-ground.

  • Lost Valley was no longer a stamping-ground for wrong and oppression.

    Tharon of Lost Valley Vingie E. Roe
  • It is his stamping-ground when his blood is up, and the devil squats at his ears.

    A Speckled Bird Augusta J. Evans Wilson
  • I'll take you back to your stamping-ground if that's what you crave.

    North of Fifty-Three Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • His poetry has been the stamping-ground of theologians and the centre of prattling literary circles.

    Browning's Shorter Poems Robert Browning
  • Reaching the stamping-ground, my boy, I beheld a scene at once unique and impressive.

British Dictionary definitions for stamping-ground

stamping ground

a habitual or favourite meeting or gathering place
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Contemporary definitions for stamping-ground
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Slang definitions & phrases for stamping-ground

stall 2


  1. A pickpocket's accomplice who in one way or another maneuvers the victim (1591+)
  2. A criminal's accomplice who primarily diverts attention, obstructs pursuit, keeps watch, etc: an excellent lookout or ''stall'' for her male companions (1930+ Underworld)

[fr earlier stale or stall, ''decoy bird,'' probably fr Anglo-French estale or estal, ''a pigeon used to lure a hawk into a nest''; since delaying and misleading are involved in both, this derivation and that of stall1 have probably intermingled over the centuries, as illustrated by the fact that stand meant ''a thief's assistant'' in the late 16th century]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with stamping-ground

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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