cover (the) ground

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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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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

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
References in classic literature ?
Having done so, he covered the ground more slowly, as though inviting attention to detail.
A great fall of snow had taken place the night before, and the fields were of one uniform white; the appearance was disconsolate, and I found my feet chilled by the cold damp substance that covered the ground.
Some of the adults lay prone upon the soft mat of dead and decaying vegetation which covered the ground, while others turned over pieces of fallen branches and clods of earth in search of the small bugs and reptiles which formed a part of their food.
the woman spoke soothingly as she covered the ground with long strides.
Its wooden legs moved so fast that their twinkling could scarcely be seen, and although so much smaller than the cab-horse it covered the ground much faster.
Without waiting for an assent, or, indeed, for any reply, the sturdy hunter moved boldly into a dense thicket of young chestnuts, shoving aside the branches of the exuberant shoots which nearly covered the ground, like a man who expected, at each step, to discover some object he had formerly known.
The snow had fallen frequently, and in large quantities, and covered the ground to a depth of a foot; and the continued coldness of the weather prevented any thaw.
There was no sound to be heard but the howling of the wind; for the noise of the wheels, and the tread of the horses' feet, were rendered inaudible by the thick coating of snow which covered the ground, and was fast increasing every moment.
The moon shone bright; a sprinkling of snow covered the ground, and I reflected that she might, possibly, have taken it into her head to walk about the garden, for refreshment.
A BLANKET of hailstones covered the ground in parts of Birmingham yesterday as a freak thunderstorm caused chaos across the city.
We will covered the ground thoroughly, think how the decision to implement", - Mykola Azarov said.
Down came the rain and covered the ground, Needed by the earth but it made me feel down, No sign of the sun in the dark coulded sky, As the ground soaked it up, it made me sigh.
SNOW covered the ground on the Northumberland county border yesterday, as experts warned that more severe weather is to come.
3 : to form a covering over <Snow covered the ground.
The largest hoe blade I have seen was over a foot wide - it must have covered the ground quickly but probably also tired out the gardener.