give ground
phrasal to withdraw before superior force ; retreat

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • give ground — {v. phr.} To go backward under attack; move back; retreat. * /After fighting for a while the troops slowly began to give ground./ * /Although they were outnumbered by the enemy, the men refused to give ground./ Compare: DRAW BACK, DROP BACK, LOSE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • give ground — {v. phr.} To go backward under attack; move back; retreat. * /After fighting for a while the troops slowly began to give ground./ * /Although they were outnumbered by the enemy, the men refused to give ground./ Compare: DRAW BACK, DROP BACK, LOSE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • give ground — Ⅰ. give/lose ground ► to become less popular or successful: »Smaller parties always lose ground in elections. give/lose ground to sb »The firm is continuing to give ground to its foreign rivals. Main Entry: ↑ground Ⅱ. lose ground …   Financial and business terms

  • give ground — index bear (support) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • give ground — phrasal : to withdraw before or as if before superior force : retreat as the Roman legions advanced to the attack, this center gave ground slowly Tom Wintringham the bond market is giving ground before the advance of the economy Paul Heffernan *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • give\ ground — v. phr. To go backward under attack; move back; retreat. After fighting for a while the troops slowly began to give ground. Although they were outnumbered by the enemy, the men refused to give ground. Compare: draw back, drop back, lose ground… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • give ground — move back, retreat, stop opposing someone He refused to give ground on his plans to change the system of office management …   Idioms and examples

  • give ground — to change your opinions or your demands in a discussion or argument so that it becomes easier to make an agreement. The dispute is set to continue for some time as neither side seems willing to give ground …   New idioms dictionary

  • give ground — ► give (or lose) ground retreat or lose one s advantage. Main Entry: ↑ground …   English terms dictionary

  • give ground — Synonyms and related words: back down, back out, beat a retreat, break off combat, cave in, cease resistance, disengage, draw back, draw off, fall back, give in, give place, give up, give way, go back, move back, pull back, pull out, quit the… …   Moby Thesaurus

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