stomping ground


: a favorite or habitual resort
also : familiar territory

Examples of stomping ground in a Sentence

The mall was their stomping ground. a major part of the fun of alumni weekend is visiting the old stomping grounds
Recent Examples on the Web Before his second summer-league stretch, Hardy reflected on his rookie acclimation, which started with a 28-point game in July 2022 a few miles from his Coronado High School (Nev.) stomping grounds. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 5 July 2023 Eventually the aristocracy were allowed to use it and more recent years, the road in west London has been a stomping ground for some of the most popular figures in British music and fashion. Leila Sackur, NBC News, 6 May 2023 In 2011, Ebonie Ward was preparing for the grand opening of her boutique, Fly Kix ATL, a men’s clothing store in Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill district that would soon become a stomping ground for high-fashion sneaker heads and up-and-coming rappers such as Kendrick Lamar and Nipsey Hussle. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 17 Nov. 2022 The legendary Massachusetts Avenue stomping ground, established in 1938 and put up for sale last July for $240,000 amid the pandemic, was long a home to bluegrass nights, flowing drinks, and the Boston Poetry Slam, a beloved event left in limbo after the Cantab closed., 15 June 2021 This was Song’s stomping ground. Mike Swigunski, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 With more than 55,000 beloved and rare movies to choose from, the Kim’s Video flagship store in St. Marks Place was essential stomping ground for not just cinefiles, but anyone who liked watching movies. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 19 Jan. 2023 The Trailblazers have gone 14-0 but will face their toughest test yet Saturday, taking on a 16-1 La Jolla Country Day team in the Chosen-1s Invitational at USC’s Galen Center — Watkins’ stomping ground next season. Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2023 Islamorada is home to one of the densest populations of sportfishermen in the world—and a stomping ground for tournament-grade boat captains. Outside Online, 22 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stomping ground was in 1854

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“Stomping ground.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

stomping ground

: a favorite or frequently sought-out place
the museum became my new stomping ground
also : familiar territory
returned to the stomping grounds of my youth
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