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become grounds for (something)

To form the basis for some action or decision, often one that is disciplinary or legal in nature. If you get caught plagiarizing, it becomes grounds for expulsion, you know.
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The Supreme Cassation Prosecutor's Office received signals from the State Agency for National Security (SANS) for violations committed during the procedure for acquisition of citizenship, as well as for non-fulfillment of the obligations to maintain the investments made, which became grounds for obtaining Bulgarian citizenship.
In Texas, student loan default became grounds for license non-renewal in 1989.
What was a typical situation for millions of Americans living in snow- and ice-prone regions became grounds for a challenge for Nagamatsu.
The 2011 Marathon became grounds for a record when Kenyan Geoffry Mutai ran the fastest marathon ever.
Likewise, it was far from clear that the related announcement (some canvases looked like the black-and-white poster while copies of it also became grounds for others) for the Chelsea show was indeed for Smith's exhibition.
But rather than gaining more self-confidence, the experience became grounds for the loss of respect of her intelligence.
The tiny wound on Kiril's forehead, which became grounds for many speculations, has been ruled out as being related to the incident.
The use of the government Airbus became grounds for a scandal last summer when it emerged that the PM ordered the plane's pilots to fly to the Black Sea city of Varna two low-tier football teams close to him and his friend, controversial former Member of the Parliament from Borisov's Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party GERB, Emil Dimitrov, after losing a bet in a card game.
The use of the government airbus became grounds for a scandal last summer when it emerged that the PM ordered the plane's pilots to fly to the Black Sea city of Varna two low-tier football teams close to him and his friend, controversial Member of the Parliament from the ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party GERB, Emil Dimitrov, after losing a bet in a card game.