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give (one's) ground

To yield or submit to someone or something. Troops, we cannot give our ground to the enemy! The committee wants me to approach this project differently, but I refuse to give my ground.
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give ground

 
1. Lit. to retreat, yielding land or territory. I approached the barking dog, but it wouldn't give ground.
2. Fig. to "retreat" from an idea or assertion that one has made. When I argue with Mary, she never gives ground.
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give ground

Yield to a stronger force, retreat, as in He began to give ground on that point, although he didn't stop arguing entirely. This expression originated in the 1500s, when it alluded to a military force retreating and so giving up territory to the enemy. By the mid-1600s it was being used figuratively.
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give/lose ˈground (to somebody/something)

allow somebody/something to obtain more power, influence, etc. than yourself: The government has lost ground to the opposition, according to the opinion polls.
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give ground

To yield to a more powerful force; retreat.
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The row has again put Mr Brown under pressure from Labour MPs who forced him this month to give ground over the abolition of the 10p rate of income tax.
They stood in front of each other and unloaded heavy shots and neither was willing to give ground in a ferocious battle of wills.
Home Secretary Charles Clarke was coming under intense pressure today to give ground on his controversial new anti-terrorism powers as the measure faces its final Commons hurdle.
But he was not expected to give ground over the principle of an increased role for private firms in areas such as the NHS.
This is trench warfare of the NBA playoffs, only somebody has to give ground every round.
Swing: Check LB, then give ground immediately (2 yards) running a slightly bowed course - use speed on first 5 steps, then come under control, turning your numbers to the QB - be ready to adjust to the ball.
Forward pressure saw Caerphilly give ground and Scott Eggar, playing his first game of the season at No.
He urged Britain to equip and give ground support to allies fighting IS.
But Mr Brown made clear today he would not give ground on the central point.
HEALTH Secretary Alan Johnson last week refused to give ground over calls for a cancer patient on Teesside to be allowed to pay for top-up drugs without having her NHS treatment stopped.
Chief executive Sandy Crombie told shareholders individual workers could be represented how they wished - but refused to give ground on collective bargaining.
And Education Secretary Ruth Kelly gave her strongest indication so far that she could give ground to her Labour critics when she praised their "constructive" work.
But Home Secretary Charles Clarke last night refused to give ground on the plan.
HOME Secretary Charles Clarke today accused the House of Lords of ``digging in its heels'' after again refusing to give ground over the Government's controversial antiterrorism powers.
That's also assuming three things: One, that De La Hoya wins tonight; two, that Trinidad beats David Reid on Friday; and three, promoters can get the fighters to sign off on the deal, which is tricky given that both sides have been reluctant to give ground on their demands.