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.
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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James has great qualities and covers the ground well.
The snow comes down, covers the ground and causes chaos all around.
He may have been seen as Lee Carsley's replacement but is more of a 'box-to-box' man, can ghost into dangerous positions and covers the ground at his own pace.
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It is a cold morning in late August, and ice covers the ground in the Andes mountains of Peru.
Sure enough, as 1999 moves from spring into summer, muddy areas stabilize and vegetation covers the ground. Success, I think.
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One January morning Frost covers the ground I am sitting in the office Work is all around My mind starts to wander Thinking of warmer days Walking by the river Watching the children play The children are laughing Having so much fun Out in the sunshine School work all done Down by the park The river gently flows Lapping against the bank On and on its journey goes Birds are singing High in the trees Branches sway In a summer breeze Suddenly a noise Summer is far away I am back in the office On a cold frosty day.