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give ground

Definition of give ground

  1. :  to move backward when being attacked :  to retreat <The troops were forced to give ground.> —often used figuratively <The controversy has continued, and both sides are still refusing to give ground.>



Word by Word Definitions

giveplay
  1. :  to make a present of

    :  to grant or bestow by formal action

    :  to accord or yield to another

  1. :  capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain :  flexibility

    :  the quality or state of being springy

groundplay
  1. :  the bottom of a body of water

    :  sediment

    :  ground coffee beans after brewing

  1. :  to bring to or place on the ground

    :  to cause to run aground

    :  to provide a reason or justification for

  1. : past and past participle of grind


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