Ground

(Anglo-Saxon, grund.)

It would suit me down to the ground.
Wholly and entirely. To break ground. To be the first to commence a project, etc.; to take the first step in an undertaking. To gain ground. To make progress; to be improving one's position or prospects of success.

To hold one's ground.
To maintain one's authority; not to budge from one's position; to retain one's popularity.

To lose ground.
To become less popular or less successful; to be drifting away from the object aimed at. To stand one's ground. Not to yield or give way; to stick to one's colours; to have the courage of one's opinion.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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