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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

break ground, to

To begin a new project; to be innovative. The term dates from the sixteenth century, when it meant literally to break up land with a plow, and began to be used figuratively by the late seventeenth century, by the poet John Dryden and others. In 1830, when De Quincey described Jeremy Bentham as “one of those who first broke ground as a pioneer . . . in Natural Philosophy,” the expression was well on its way to clichédom.
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Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) has broken ground on the airline's new USD24 million East Coast training center, located adjacent to Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) in Sanford, Florida, the company said.
United States-based Alnylam Pharmaceuticals has broken ground on a biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Norton, Massachusetts, it was reported on Friday.
Alexander Gorlin Architects has broken ground on phase one of the Nehemiah Spring Creek Houses at Gateway Estates in the East New York section of Brooklyn.
Dongfeng Yueda Kia Automobile Company, a Chinese subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation (KSE: 000270), has broken ground for a new plant in east China's Jiangsu province, on June 29, 2012.
Leewood Real Estate Group has recently broken ground on 211 23rd Street, a luxury condominium development in the up-and-coming Brooklyn residential enclave known as Park Slope South.
Pratt & Whitney said it has broken ground for its new state-of-the-art 425,000-square-foot building that will serve as the company's global headquarters and world-class engineering facility.
Germany-based Volkswagen AG (VW) (Xetra: VW) and its Chinese joint venture partner FAW Group Corporation have broken ground for its plant in China.
New York-based developers Ron Hershco and Dean Palin, along with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, have officially broken ground on a $400 million, two-tower project that will showcase the tallest new construction tower in Brooklyn.
WCI Communities, the largest publicly-held developer of luxury residential towers, announced that it has broken ground on The Watermark, a 12-story waterfront luxury tower, along New Jersey's "Gold Coast."
28 January 2013 -- California-based insurance agency Answer Financial Inc said it has broken ground on a new 32,775 square foot facility in Knoxville, Tennessee that will serve as the company's primary sales centre.
Fields has also broken ground on a new condominium complex located at 203 Hackensack Plank Road in Weehawken.