old stamping ground

(old) stamping ground

A favorite place where one used to frequent; a location where one used to spend a lot of time. It's been a long time since I've been back to this old stamping ground by the lake! After the reunion, everyone from the old gang of friends went to our stamping ground, just like we used to do back in high school.
See also: ground, stamp

(one's) old stamping ground

A favorite place where one used to frequent; a location where one used to spend a lot of time. It's been a long time since I've been back to my old stamping ground by the lake! After the reunion, everyone from the old gang of friends went to our stamping ground, just like we used to do back in high school.
See also: ground, old, stamp

old stamping ground

A favorite or habitual haunt. This Americanism dates from the eighteenth century and originally referred to a place where horses or cattle were gathered together (presumably stamping down the ground with their hooves). By the early 1800s it had been transferred to a gathering place for human beings. D. Dunklin used it in an 1821 letter: “It is unnecessary to undertake to give you any details of affairs in your old stamping ground.”
See also: ground, old, stamp
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Jones played twice for Hadley's new B team in division three on Fridays while Smith returns to his old stamping ground after playing twice for Newport in division one.
I LOVED Chris Hughton's postmatch comments after Brighton won at his old stamping ground St James' Park.
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Left-back Barrow, who joined the Exiles from Macclesfield Town and was back on his old stamping ground, smashed home a free-kick two minutes from time.
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It will be a return to my old stamping ground as Neil Mocroft and I used to work out of Halesowen and Stourbridge in the 1980s and 1990s.