He had already induced a convention of the Democratic party in New York to take ground against it.
I had been so ill-advised, when I first joined the regiment, as to take ground on my nobility.
The worst boats to take ground are flat-bottomed craft like sharpies; when they go on they generally make a perfect job of it.
Their white fellow-citizens were only too glad to take ground to the left, in order that they could fall in on their colors.
He would not allow the enemy to take ground for another tiger-spring.
We may take ground back of this—ground as honorable to God as it is exalting to man and encouraging to his hopes.
Such a tackle should be carried on all boats; it saves a lot of hard labor, especially if you take ground and have to haul off.
When the question was raised in 1846, he was in a blustering hurry to take ground for it.
All spectators should take ground well in rear of the alignment of the firing-point, and on its right flank.
Certainly, their leaders did not take ground against it, never as against a modification of the tariff!
Old English grund "bottom, foundation, ground, surface of the earth," especially "bottom of the sea" (a sense preserved in run aground), from Proto-Germanic *grundus, which seems to have meant "deep place" (cf. Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Danish, Swedish grund, Dutch grond, Old High German grunt, German Grund "ground, soil, bottom;" Old Norse grunn "a shallow place," grund "field, plain," grunnr "bottom"). No known cognates outside Germanic. Sense of "reason, motive" first attested c.1200; electrical sense is from 1870.
mid-13c., "to put on the ground, to strike down to the ground," from ground (n.). Of ships, "to run into the ground," from mid-15c. Meaning "to base" (an argument, sermon, etc.) is late 14c. Meaning "deny privileges" is 1940s, originally a punishment meted out to pilots (in which sense it is attested from 1930). Related: Grounded; grounding.
"reduced to fine particles by grinding," 1765, past participle adjective from grind.