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off the ground

Under way, as if in flight: Because of legal difficulties, the construction project never got off the ground.
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Lord John had me with a rat-trap grip round the legs, but I felt that he also was coming off the ground.
It brought the man to a sitting posture, his hands off the ground.
He could hold to the idea that the closing had practically been for him an act of mercy, a chance offered him to descend, depart, get off the ground and never again profane it.
Mahbub Ali hauled himself off the ground, girt in his belt, and went over to the horses.
The simplest utterances are worthiest to be written, yet are they so cheap and so things of course, that in the infinite riches of the soul it is like gathering a few pebbles off the ground, or bottling a little air in a phial, when the whole earth and the whole atmosphere are ours.
I tried to take a light tone again, and yet it seemed impossible to get off the ground which gave me my standing with her.
They leaped out of the bottomless hole, chariot and all; and there they were, tossing their black manes, flourishing their black tails, and curvetting with every one of their hoofs off the ground at once, close by the spot where Proserpina stood.
Skill and knowledge are now handed down from one set of students to another in this way, until at the present time a building of any description or size can be constructed wholly by our instructors and students, from the drawing of the plans to the putting in of the electric fixtures, without going off the grounds for a single workman.
For it is a solid, heavy, handsome door, and must once have been in the habit of shutting with a sonorous bang behind a liveried lackey, who had just seen his master and mistress off the grounds in a carriage and pair.
Second: Your CORE MUSCLES (the ones that connect your UPPER AND LOWER BODY MUSCLES) help hold your torso off the ground.
Off the Ground celebrates its " 20th anniversary this year.
Off The Ground is around a 20-1 chance for the two-and-a-half-mile Grade One.
Describing the astonishing scene, gran Shirley Blay said: "We've got four feral cats in the yard and they were being lifted off the ground - about 6ft off the ground - they just went round like a big paper bag.
But I had to quickly calculate the weight and power left - and I didn't know if I could pull off the ground with 30 people.
Lie on your back in front of the band and grab the handles with your arms straight Bend your hips and knees a little more than 90 degrees and lift your feet off the ground together.