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break ground

To start a construction project. The phrase refers to the first excavation of the site, often done with a ceremonial shovel. They broke ground on the new corporate headquarters today, but it will be years before we can actually move into it.
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break new ground

To innovate. They've really broken new ground with their latest product—I've never seen anything like it.
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break ground (for something)

to start digging the foundation for a building. The president of the company came to break ground for the new building. This was the third building this year for which this company has broken ground. When do they expect to break ground at the new site?
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break new ground

Fig. to begin to do something that no one else has done; to pioneer [in an enterprise]. Dr. Anderson was breaking new ground in cancer research. They were breaking new ground in consumer electronics.
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break ground

Also, break new ground.
1. Begin digging into the earth for new construction of some kind. For example, When will they break ground for the town hall? This usage alludes to breaking up the land with a plow. [Early 1700s]
2. Take the first steps for a new venture; advance beyond previous achievements. For example, Jeff is breaking new ground in intellectual property law. [Early 1700s]
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break ground

AMERICAN
1. If someone breaks ground on a new building, they start building it and if a new building breaks ground, it starts to be built. Simpson and Hurt hope to break ground on a planned outdoor theater next August. The first co-housing project in America will break ground soon.
2. If someone breaks ground in a particular activity or area of study, they do something that is different and if something breaks ground, it is different from what came before. Perhaps I am lucky to have been in there at the start, when this music was breaking ground for the first time. We are breaking ground in the law here and have to proceed cautiously.
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break new ground

COMMON If someone breaks new ground, they make progress by doing something completely different. The programme broke new ground, in giving to women roles traditionally assigned to men. They're trying to break new ground, make a new kind of cinema. Note: You can also use ground-breaking before a noun. He was given an award for his ground-breaking work in the field. She wrote a ground-breaking book on the subject. Note: You use these expressions to show approval.
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break ground

1. To begin a new construction project.
2. To advance beyond previous achievements.
See also: break, ground

break new ground

To advance beyond previous achievements: broke new ground in the field of computers.
See also: break, ground, new
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Having secured 88 allotments from last year's round, the 164 would mean Woodridge could break ground on its 252-unit development as early as this year.
Its sister site - the mid-rise La Puerta de Vitalidad - is expected to break ground by March 1999.
PHOTO (color) Simi Valley officials break ground for Wood Ranch Elementary School, expected to open in 18 months and hold up to 600 students.
As we break ground on this park, we are one step closer to achieving our dream of waterfront access and waterfront recreation here in Wilmington," she continued.
We have had some very specific and deep interest from tenants, and as we break ground, I am sure we were right.
Cygnus' executives helped to break ground as well as other community leaders - City Manager John Wilmet, Industrial Development Corp.
Preble County and the Dayton region, the company will break ground this month on a 44,000-square-foot addition to its Eaton facility with new office and manufacturing space.
Dubai-based Sobha Group will break ground on its $3bn urban, mixed-use development in December with the project to be launched next month as Sobha Lifestyle.
1 billion steel mill in northeast Arkansas says he hopes to break ground on the project this fall if everything goes as planned.
UMC), the world's top two contract IC makers, will break ground on expansion projects in South Taiwan Science Park in April.
Rayven will break ground on the six-acre site in the Owatonna Industrial Park by the end of October.
The north clinic facility, expected to break ground in the early summer, will be a six-story, 194,400 square foot building on the USF Tampa campus.
However, the company's most ambitious project at the moment is a 12-story condominium building at 447 West 18th Street in Chelsea, for which they plan to break ground in February.
He said he hopes to break ground within five to eight months, pending the suit's resolution.
Oregon-based biofuels marketing and distribution company SeQuential Biofuels, LLC recently announced that plans are currently underway to break ground on a new biodiesel manufacturing plant in Oregon as part of a joint venture (JV) between SeQuential, Hawaii's Pacific Biodiesel, Inc.