down to the ground

down to the ground

Thoroughly, completely, as in This new job suits him down to the ground. [Colloquial; second half of 1800s]
See also: down, ground
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And a twenty or twenty-five foot deliberate drop clear down to the ground was nothing to us.
Down to the ground he came in the utter blackness of the close-set boles and the overhanging verdure of the jungle.
What was my astonishment to see on the slippery column of the tree two human forms appear and quietly slip down to the ground.
Then I slipped down to the ground and crawled in among the trees, and, sure enough, there was Tom Sawyer waiting for me.
Long nails tipped her hands, and she dribbled at the nose, and from her cheeks blood dripped down to the ground.
A boy in Russian dress, desperately waving his arms and bowed down to the ground, overtook her.
The case seemed wholly desperate and deplorable; and this magnificent palace would have infallibly been burnt down to the ground, if, by a presence of mind unusual to me, I had not suddenly thought of an expedient.
I left my room to go down to the ground floor of the house, and speak to the landlord about finding me a messenger.
They got the thing down to the ground deliberately and carefully, felling a couple of trees in the process, and they built a wide flat roof of timbers and tree boughs to guard their precious find against its chance discovery by any passing Asiatics.
They measured him down to the ground, and the end of the skirt came just below my knee.
AEITHER cut the whole stem down to the ground or wait for the seedheads, which are often beautiful.
Dennis Jackson, by email CAROL: Either cut the whole stem down to the ground or wait for the seedheads, which are often beautiful.
Eventually, the sevenyear-old dog was brought back down to the ground uninjured, using a ladder and animal rescue equipment.
When we were leaving the club we got into the lift and pushed the button to take us down to the ground 'oor but it wasn't responding," said Mr Holt.
TRUCKERS (BBC ONE, Thursday, 9pm) THE trucking life suits Steven down to the ground - he isn't interested in commitment.