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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TERRA FIRMA

Imagine how glad he must have been when he found himself on terra firma!

The mate was down in the ocean, and the captain was standing on terra firma.

At 10 o'clock the soldiers were assembled on terra firma once more.

Removal from boats at Southend to terra firma is recommended.

I lost no time in dismounting to terra firma, or rather the floor.

What an appropriation of terra firma for a chimney, and what a huge load for this earth!

But a circuit of the globe on terra firma is, we believe, new.

I only know that if I were in his place I should stick to terra firma.

I did ask him, but he said he wasn't tired of terra firma yet.

"It is," the half-bred answered, in a voice as tranquil as if he were on terra firma.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1600, "part of the Italian mainland ruled by Venice," from Modern Latin terra firma, literally "firm land," from Latin terra "earth, land" (see terrain) + firma "firm," fem. of firmus (see firm (adj.)). Meaning "the land" (as distinct from "the sea") is first attested 1690s.

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