stamping ground


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(old) stamping ground

A favorite place where one used to frequent; a location where one used to spend a lot of time. It's been a long time since I've been back to this old stamping ground by the lake! After the reunion, everyone from the old gang of friends went to our stamping ground with some cans of beer, just like we used to do back in high school.
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stamping ground

Also, old stamping ground. A habitual or favorite haunt, as in Whenever we visit, we go back to our old stamping ground, the drugstore nearest the high school . This term alludes to a traditional gathering place for horses or cattle, which stamp down the ground with their hooves. [Early 1800s]
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stamping ground

BRITISH or

stomping ground

If a place is someone's stamping ground or stomping ground, it is where they spend a lot of time. I'm a West End man, myself. Park Lane, Knightsbridge, Piccadilly and Bond Street are my favourite stamping grounds. Former pals also found her much changed at Christmas, when she made a brief return to her old stamping ground, the Blue Anchor pub in South London. Note: This expression may refer to the way that stallions stamp while mating. Alternatively, it may come from the dances of male prairie chickens when they gather in spring in order to mate.
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stamping ground

and stomping ground
n. one’s favorite or customary location. I like to go back and look at my old stamping ground every now and then.
See also: ground, stamp
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Indeed, the central character of Stamping Ground, Hetty Quinn, exhorts that: 'All these things tightened around her, tight wee place, tight wee people, tight, tight, tight .
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WJ Lloyd and 'Big' John Williams collecting ex-Corris rails from the Talyllyn railway at Abergynolwyn Engine no 5 assisting with the unloading of engine no 6 among shale and slate waste in May 1982 Buffers are fixed to carriage no 21, while Steve Wheeler adjusts access ramps, on June 6 2003 New signal cabin at Maes-poeth, being built in 1998 Members and well-wishers of the Corris Railway Society, dressed for the gala occasion on June 7 2003 Ex-Corris no 4, now of the Talyllyn Railway, returned briefly to its old stamping ground to celebrate its 75th birthday.
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Edwards, who returns to his old stamping ground at Kenilworth Road, said: "It's very unfair for the lads to walk away empty-handed on the day.