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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GROUNDWORK

Maybe I've left out some of the frills, but that was the groundwork of his remarks.

I accepted his denial as the groundwork of a reconciliation.

These form the groundwork of this need-be,—the sine-qua-nons of a house.

Though there may be a mistake in the application, the groundwork is strong and secure.

Sincerity was the groundwork of Kociuszko's dealings with his people.

The groundwork of the material therefore is of a mineral nature.

They are born the owners of a layette which becomes the groundwork of their trousseau.

Every thing and nothing was made the groundwork of ill-will.

We would have laid the groundwork for an empire—the Varn Empire.

But there is so much truth in its groundwork, that it will be well worth your reading.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., from ground (n.) + work (n.). Cf. Middle Dutch grontwerck, Dutch grondwerk, German grundwerk. Originally "the solid base on which a structure is built;" figurative sense is from 1550s.

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