Student or Learner
Here is a sentence from an English text where I noted a very strange verbal phrase, namely “break ground”.
“I read in the local paper that you recently broke ground for a new office complex.”
By intuition I made a logical association with the terms “groundbreaking” and “corner stone”.
Groundbreaking is a traditional ceremony in many cultures that celebrates the first day of construction for a building or other project.
Corner stone = such a stone, often inscribed, laid at a ceremony marking the origin of a building.
In this way I drew to the conclusion that the phrase “broke ground” = “turn the first sod”.
Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the phrase in question?
Thank you for your efforts.