break ground


break ground
phrasal
1. : to dig open the earth often in excavating for new construction

breaking ground for the new arsenal

2. : to make new discoveries or introduce new procedures or material : pioneer

this report breaks new ground in the study of human relations

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break ground see under ↑ground1
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break ground
1. To begin working untouched ground
2. To take the first step in any project
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1) do preparatory digging or other work prior to building or planting something
2) another term for break new ground below

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break ground — see ground, 1
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break ground
1 : to dig into the ground at the start of building something

Workers broke ground on the new stadium last week.

2 or break new ground : to make new discoveries

Critics say that the study does not break (any) new ground in the search for a cure for cancer.

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Main Entry:ground

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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