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Definition of aground

1 : on the ground planes aloft and aground
2 : on or onto the shore or the bottom of a body of water a ship run aground

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Recent Examples on the Web Even the most clever political satire can run aground, and Jon Stewart’s Irresistible is a case in point. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Jon Stewart’s Irresistible Is a Political Comedy Heavy on Zingers But Light on Revelations," 24 June 2020 In Washington, discussions of additional rescue measures have run aground, with Democrats proposing sweeping new programs and Republicans voicing concerns over the swelling federal budget deficit, which is projected to hit $3.7 trillion this year. New York Times, "Unemployment Claims to Show More Jobs Are Vanishing: Live Updates," 14 May 2020 Their efforts to impose more safeguards ran aground against mortgage-industry resistance and bureaucratic reticence to slow the fastest growing source of U.S. home loans, according to industry experts and former government officials. Joe Light,, "Mortgage Firms Teeter Near Crisis That Regulators Saw Coming," 10 May 2020 As the council debate ran aground (the emergency mask-wearing order never would be put into effect), the discussion inevitably spilled out into the public, spreading faster than the flu. oregonlive, "Compulsory mask-wearing in Pacific Northwest caused spirited debate -- and a jury trial -- during 1918-19 flu pandemic," 30 Apr. 2020 The case was brought by a video production company that has spent two decades documenting the salvage of the Queen Anne's Revenge, which the legendary pirate Blackbeard ran aground in 1718. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Ahoy! Supreme Court protects states from copyright lawsuits in Blackbeard pirate ship case," 23 Mar. 2020 This was a quarter of a century after Columbus ran aground on the island, and the native Taíno population had already been much reduced. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, "Pandemics and the Shape of Human History," 30 Mar. 2020 In 1989, the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on a reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound and began leaking an estimated 11 million gallons of crude oil., "This day in history," 24 Mar. 2020 The company, which is part of the Carnival Corp., came under fire in 2012, when its Costa Concordia ran aground off Tuscany, killing 32 people. Frances Robles, New York Times, "Passengers Fell Ill With Coronavirus. And the Ship Sailed On," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of aground

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Aground.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of aground

: on or onto the ground


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Kids Definition of aground

: on or onto the shore or the bottom of a body of water The ship ran aground during the storm.

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