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give (one's) ground

To yield or submit to someone or something. Troops, we cannot give our ground to the enemy! The committee wants me to approach this project differently, but I refuse to give my ground.
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give ground

 
1. Lit. to retreat, yielding land or territory. I approached the barking dog, but it wouldn't give ground.
2. Fig. to "retreat" from an idea or assertion that one has made. When I argue with Mary, she never gives ground.
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give ground

Yield to a stronger force, retreat, as in He began to give ground on that point, although he didn't stop arguing entirely. This expression originated in the 1500s, when it alluded to a military force retreating and so giving up territory to the enemy. By the mid-1600s it was being used figuratively.
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give/lose ˈground (to somebody/something)

allow somebody/something to obtain more power, influence, etc. than yourself: The government has lost ground to the opposition, according to the opinion polls.
See also: give, ground, lose

give ground

To yield to a more powerful force; retreat.
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But every time he forced Wyatt to give ground on unsteady legs, the Torquay slugger would summon the energy to hurl over a hook that would briefly stop him in his tracks before he resumed his two-fisted attacks.
That's also assuming three things: One, that De La Hoya wins tonight; two, that Trinidad beats David Reid on Friday; and three, promoters can get the fighters to sign off on the deal, which is tricky given that both sides have been reluctant to give ground on their demands.
Receivers: The Stop receiver pushes straight upfield, forcing the DB to give ground.
In other regions, however, there are indications that FERC may be willing to give ground on its bid to create four super-regional RTOs in the Midwest, Northeast, South, and West.
Chief executive Sandy Crombie told shareholders individual workers could be represented how they wished - but refused to give ground on collective bargaining.
And Education Secretary Ruth Kelly gave her strongest indication so far that she could give ground to her Labour critics when she praised their "constructive" work.
They delighted us with their quadruple bypass strategy on the Belmont Learning Center - hunker down, don't give ground, deny and lie, and finally, pretend you've changed until everyone's forgotten.
ALEPH's eHail Network combines dispatch software with Nextel's Internet-ready phones to give ground transportation companies the ability to fill non-revenue time instantly and reduce the need for labor-intensive, voice-driven call centers and dispatch operations.
British officials said it was "seven against one" and warned they would issue a statement today without Russia if Mr Putin refused to give ground.
His hard line emerged as rumours swept Brussels that the PM was willing to give ground on the pounds 3billion deal.
Council members need to give ground if they are to learn to deal with one another, he said.
GTN will give ground transportation providers a no-strings attached, 30-day free trial.
She has come under increasing pressure to give ground on key pro-growth measures.
But he warned that the Lib Dems would not give ground on the issue of local government voting reform.
I know what I want and where I'm prepared to give ground.