grounds for (something)

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grounds for (something)

The basis for some action or decision, often one that is disciplinary or legal in nature. Be careful now—plagiarism is grounds for expulsion.
See also: ground
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*grounds for something

the basis or cause for legal action such as a lawsuit. (*Typically: be ~ become ∼.) Your negligence is grounds for a lawsuit. Is infidelity grounds for divorce in this state?
See also: ground
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"These submissions, we believe, will show there were sufficient grounds for something less than the death penalty to be imposed by court martial.
Family solicitor John Dickson said: "There were sufficient grounds for something less than the death penalty to be imposed by court martial."