thin on the ground

thick on the ground = thin on the ground

existing {or not existing) in large numbers or amounts


by the gross

in large numbers or amounts

A gross was formerly widely used as a unit of quantity equal to twelve dozen. The word comes from the French gross douzaine which literally means large dozen.

break new ground = break fresh ground

do something innovative which is considered an advance or positive benefit.

Literally, to break new ground is to do preparatory digging or other work prior to building or planting something. In North America the idiom is break ground.

cut the ground from under his feet

do something which leaves someone without a reason or justification for their actions or opinions – informal

get in on the ground floor

become part of an enterprise in its early stages – informal

get off the ground = get something off the ground

start {or cause to start) happening or functioning successfully

go to ground

(of a fox or other animal) enter its earth or burrow to hide, especially when being hunted

(of a person) hide or become inaccessible, usually for a prolonged period.

have your feet on the ground

be (or remain) practical and sensible

on the ground

in a place where real and practical work is done

on your own ground

on your own territory or concerning your own range of knowledge or experience

prepare the ground

make it easier for something to occur or be developed

run someone to ground = run something to ground

find someone or something usually after a long search

This is an idiom from hunting, especially fox-hunting, its literal meaning being - chase a hunted animal to its lair and corner it there.

work yourself into the ground = run yourself into the ground

exhaust yourself by working or running very hard – informal

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