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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.
See also: cover, ground
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

cover ground

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.
See also: cover, ground
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.
See also: cover, ground
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.
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But let us assume that what is called science can harmonize all contradictions and possesses an unchanging standard of good and bad by which to try historic characters and events; let us say that Alexander could have done everything differently; let us say that with guidance from those who blame him and who profess to know the ultimate aim of the movement of humanity, he might have arranged matters according to the program his present accusers would have given him- of nationality, freedom, equality, and progress (these, I think, cover the ground).
But I’ll go to the hut with my own game, for I wouldn’t touch one of the harmless things that cover the ground here, looking up with their eyes on me, as if they only wanted tongues to say their thoughts.” With this sentiment in his month, Leather-Stocking threw his rifle over his arm, and, followed by his dogs, stepped across the clearing with great caution, taking care not to tread on one of the wounded birds in his path.
For the period of an ordinary charge he can cover the ground with greater rapidity possibly than any other creature in the world.
You must travel quickly to cover the ground to the cave and from thence beyond the Great Power, all within a brief hour, for no more dare I spare you."
Their gait is slow and deliberate, but so enormous are their strides that, as a matter of fact, they cover the ground quite rapidly.
Just in the same manner as we see at the present day, that very many European productions cover the ground in La Plata, and in a lesser degree in Australia, and have to a certain extent beaten the natives; whereas extremely few southern forms have become naturalised in any part of Europe, though hides, wool, and other objects likely to carry seeds have been largely imported into Europe during the last two or three centuries from La Plata, and during the last thirty or forty years from Australia.
"The guys know we have to step-up to cover the ground."
My players are willing to cover the ground but working in a manner that is efficient for the team to perform.
According to the BBC, the Spanish club wants to increase the capacity of Europe's largest football stadium from 99,354 to 105,000, and build a roof to cover the ground.
The violations included failure to post signs clearly defining the work area and warning occupants and other persons not involved in renovation activities to remain outside of the work area; failure to close all doors and windows within 20 feet of the renovation before commencing work; failure to cover the ground with plastic sheeting or other disposable impermeable material extending 10 feet beyond the perimeter of surfaces undergoing renovation before the renovation; and failure to clean the work area upon completion of the work.
The snowman MILLIONS of snowflakes Cover the ground Tiny flat shapes None of them round Along came the children Outside at play Pulling sledges, sliding away Rolling a snowball Across the ground Rolling rolling Round and round Growing bigger as they go Now they have A large body of snow Starting again Smaller this time My head now in place I am taking shape Billy is back, coal in hand Now I can see I am feeling grand Buttons on my chest Carrot for my nose A hat a scarf, a smile Completes the show The children happy Go off to play Here I stand for all to see Watching the children Who created me To think I started With falling snow From a tiny snowflake A snowman did grow.
Cover the ground with cloches where early crops are to be sown, to warm up the area before the seeds go in.
It is anything used to cover the ground that will suppress weed growth, conserve moisture, protect the ground from excess warming and provide an esthetically pleasing finish to planting beds.
* Cover the ground under strawberries with straw or matting to protect from mud and pests.
This would have been a more sophisticated tool for an estate garden, where a smaller blade or cultivator could have been fitted onto the handle to get between closer planted crops, or a large head to cover the ground more economically.