- I approached the barking dog, but it wouldn't give ground.
- When I argue with Mary, she never gives ground.
- The dispute is set to continue for some time as neither side seems willing to give ground.
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■ give ground
- Lit. to retreat, yielding land or territory.
- Fig. to "retreat" from an idea or assertion that one has made.
- (7) a position or viewpoint, as in an argument or controversy (esp in the phrases give ground, hold, stand, or shift one's ground)
- (8) position or advantage, as in a subject or competition (esp in the phrases gain ground, lose ground, etc.)
- There are signs that the party is gaining ground in the latest polls...
- The US dollar lost more ground.
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