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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GIVE GROUND

But the weight was so tremendous that they began to give ground.

Gradually the Royal Fusiliers were compelled to give ground.

Mark's superior strength began to force Jarvis to give ground.

Not only did they give ground but they came back—some of them—half-way to the sea.

I cared not a jot for Carford's anger, and was determined not to give ground.

They were forced to give ground, however, as the odds were heavy.

Discoveries in time past give ground for expectation of discoveries in time to come.

Under these circumstances the Moslems made fresh efforts, and after a while a part of the Persian army was forced to give ground.

So furiously did they attack him that, foot by foot, he was forced to give ground.

It not only ceased its victorious advance, but it began to give ground.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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