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break ground

To start a construction project. The phrase refers to the first excavation of the site, often done with a ceremonial shovel. They broke ground on the new corporate headquarters today, but it will be years before we can actually move into it.
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break ground (for something)

to start digging the foundation for a building. The president of the company came to break ground for the new building. This was the third building this year for which this company has broken ground. When do they expect to break ground at the new site?
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break ground

Also, break new ground.
1. Begin digging into the earth for new construction of some kind. For example, When will they break ground for the town hall? This usage alludes to breaking up the land with a plow. [Early 1700s]
2. Take the first steps for a new venture; advance beyond previous achievements. For example, Jeff is breaking new ground in intellectual property law. [Early 1700s]
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break ground

AMERICAN
1. If someone breaks ground on a new building, they start building it and if a new building breaks ground, it starts to be built. Simpson and Hurt hope to break ground on a planned outdoor theater next August. The first co-housing project in America will break ground soon.
2. If someone breaks ground in a particular activity or area of study, they do something that is different and if something breaks ground, it is different from what came before. Perhaps I am lucky to have been in there at the start, when this music was breaking ground for the first time. We are breaking ground in the law here and have to proceed cautiously.
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break ground

1. To begin a new construction project.
2. To advance beyond previous achievements.
See also: break, ground
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The new facility is also the first brand new school to break ground in Newark under MeGreevey's school construction program.
In addition to Wellsprings Village, the HomeAid/Ameriquest Gulf Coast Rebuilding Fund will finance a second Houston-area project called The Mission of Yahweh which will break ground in early January 2006 and serve a similar population.
LAUSD Superintendent Roy Romer, far right, is among officials to break ground on a Van Nuys elementary school.
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This is a 35,000-SF project that is expected to break ground the third quarter of this year.
We wouldn't deny even one veteran the right to that, but to arbitrarily move us out of the top spot just as we are about to break ground is certainly not fair in anybody's book.
We are extremely pleased to be part of this project and are very excited to be the first developer to break ground with Choice on its all-suites concept.
The developer will break ground by year's end for an additional 350 luxury residences on 25 acres in the district's Beachfront North section.
Officials hope to break ground by summer on the 25,000-square-foot City Hall and library complex on Agoura Road and Oak Crest Drive.
Plans are underway to break ground on the first biodiesel manufacturing plant in Oregon as part of a joint venture between Oregon-based SeQuential Biofuels, LLC, biodiesel pioneer Pacific Biodiesel of Hawaii, and several private investors.
Opus East anticipates breaking ground on the second building, a 293,800-square-foot facility, by mid-August; and the third, 418,300 SF, will break ground shortly thereafter.
Santa Paula hopes to break ground on the project in mid-June, and have it completed before the winter, Ortega said.
TEXARKANA, Texas -- Bank of the Ozarks (NASDAQ:OZRK) announced plans to break ground on its new two story banking office to be constructed at 5202 Summerhill Road in Texarkana.