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cover (the) ground
1. To move across an area at an acceptable speed. I think we can count on that racehorse to cover the ground.
2. To complete something in a particular manner or review a certain amount of information or discuss a certain number of topics. It is a lot of work, but I'm confident that Bill will cover the ground well. We need to cover a lot of ground in American History before the exam date.
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Also, cover the ground or a lot of ground .
1. Go a given extent or considerable distance, especially at a satisfactory speed. For example, She really knows how to cover ground with her studies, or This outfielder covers a lot of ground. [Early 1800s]
2. Deal with or accomplish in a certain way, as in This history text covers the ground quite well. [Late 1800s] Also see cover the field.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
cover (the) ground
1. To traverse a given distance with satisfying speed.
2. To deal with or accomplish something in a certain manner: The history course covered a lot of ground in six weeks.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- cover (the) ground
- (something) is one thing, (something else) is (quite) another
- it's one thing to (do sth), it's another thing to (do sth else)
- it's one thing to (do sth), it's quite another to (do sth else)
- it's one thing to do A, it's another to do B
- it's one thing to (do something), it's another to (do something else)
- the done thing
- something else entirely
- lick (someone or something) into shape