put down roots


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put down roots

to feel that you belong in a place He hasn't put down roots anywhere because he has trouble making new friends.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form pull up roots (to move away from a place in which you felt comfortable): It's hard to pull up roots after living in the area for ten years.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of put down roots (to start to grow roots in the ground)
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put down roots

if you put down roots in a place, you do things which show that you want to stay there, for example making friends or buying a home It would be hard to leave Brighton after eleven years - he's put down roots there.
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put down roots

Settle somewhere, become established, as in We've put down roots here and don't want to move away. This metaphoric expression, first recorded in 1921, likens the rooting of a plant to human settlement.
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put down roots

To establish a permanent residence in a locale.
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Autumn planting allows the plants to put down roots and prepare for the season ahead.
From the early time of Christianity when Gnosticism put down roots, through Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry at the time of the French and American Revolutions, to today's rejection of a personal God and indifference towards the Christian faith, there have always been those who look internally for complete control of their own lives.
Looking forward to his role with relish - and to welcoming racegoers to York's new pounds 20 million Ebor Stand, which will be unveiled tomorrow - Derby has put down roots in the village of Gilling, near Ampleforth, with his wife Polly.
ROYAL Navy officers put down roots in Coventry this week when they donated a Millennium oak tree to a city school.
She had realized instinctively that if dance in our country was to be equal in stature to music and theater, it would have to put down roots and become part of the daily life in every American community, large or small.
Noting the wide variety of ethnic groups that have put down roots in the city, the United Nations recently named Toronto the world's most multicultural city.
The coalition should be encouraging the young to put down roots in Scotland's towns and cities before we lose them to emigration.
25 years ago A GIFT from Labour leader Neil Kinnock would help newly selected candidate for Redcar Mo Mowlam to put down roots in the town.
ALAN PARDEW'S campaign to earn the respect of the Toon Army will see him put down roots in the north-east.
THEO ROBINSON is hoping to put down roots after completing his move to Millwall.
Phillip's job as a company director has always dictated where they live, but now they've decided to put down roots near Darlington in north-east England.
It is an unusual chance to put down roots where it matters in the famous Shropshire town, and the building on offer is well placed for business use, formerly a book shop, with permission for a small restaurant but with scope for residential use too.
But he will almost certainly be offered an extension and he is likely to accept now that he has put down roots in South Wales.
IF former Bee Gee Barry Gibb was looking for inspiration for the country album he plans to record, he could not have picked a more hallowed piece of ground to put down roots.