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    Ground

    I have a question about the usage of the noun "ground" here.


    ...it had left their relationship on shaky ground.
    I could not find a definition that fits this usage. What does "ground" mean here?

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    Re: Ground

    ground noun (AREA OF KNOWLEDGE)

    C2 [U] an area of knowledge or experience: When the conversation turns to politics he's on familiar ground (= he knows a lot about this subject). Once we'd found some common ground (= things we both knew about) we got on very well together. The lectures covered a lot of ground (= included information on many different subjects). I enjoyed her first novel, but I felt in the second she was going over the same ground (= dealing with the same area of experience).

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    Re: Ground

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    A relationship is not really an area of knowledge.

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    Re: Ground

    "Shaky ground" is used metaphorically to mean an unstable footing.

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    Re: Ground

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    Could this be some regional idiom not likely to be found in dictionaries?

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    Re: Ground

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    It is certainly a usage that I use in BrE, imagine a building in an area prone to seismic activity it could fall down at any time if there was an earthquake.
    Last edited by Mrfatso; 18-Apr-2015 at 07:22.

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    Re: Ground

    ' (figurative) The protesters are on shaky ground (= it is not certain that their claims are valid).'── quoted from http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie.../shaky?q=shaky

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    Re: Ground

    It is "relationship" on shaky ground that the original sentence is about.

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    Re: Ground

    Different figurative meanings apply to different contexts.

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    Re: Ground

    It is an idiom no doubt but it is not necessarily related to "area of knowledge or experience".
    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...und_1?q=ground

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