on the ground


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on the ground

At a place that is exciting, interesting, or important: a reporter who wanted to be on the ground when the story broke.
See also: ground, on
References in classic literature ?
Full of hope he hurried across the bridge, and recognised at once the spot where the castle was to stand, for spades, hammers, axes, and every other building implement lay scattered on the ground ready for the workman's hand, but of gold, silver, and precious stones there was not a sign.
The doctor and Dick leaped out on the ground, while the balloon, now half emptied, hovered over the body of the huge animal.
The whole of the second volley flew wide of the Martian on the ground, and, simultaneously, both his companions brought their Heat- Rays to bear on the battery.
He groveled on the ground and then springing up went careering off through some bushes.
Always do I crash, shrieking, down through the brush and fetch up with a bump on the ground.
This roused me from my nearly dormant state, and I ate some berries which I found hanging on the trees or lying on the ground.