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(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

stamping ground

Also, old stamping ground. A habitual or favorite haunt, as in Whenever we visit, we go back to our old stamping ground, the drugstore nearest the high school . This term alludes to a traditional gathering place for horses or cattle, which stamp down the ground with their hooves. [Early 1800s]
See also: ground, stamp

stamping ground

BRITISH or

stomping ground

If a place is someone's stamping ground or stomping ground, it is where they spend a lot of time. I'm a West End man, myself. Park Lane, Knightsbridge, Piccadilly and Bond Street are my favourite stamping grounds. Former pals also found her much changed at Christmas, when she made a brief return to her old stamping ground, the Blue Anchor pub in South London. Note: This expression may refer to the way that stallions stamp while mating. Alternatively, it may come from the dances of male prairie chickens when they gather in spring in order to mate.
See also: ground, stamp

stamping ground

and stomping ground
n. one’s favorite or customary location. I like to go back and look at my old stamping ground every now and then.
See also: ground, stamp
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But I'm happy to say that an incident last Wednesday has more than restored my faith in my old stamping grounds.
15) as trainer Jonjo O'Neill revisits one of his old stamping grounds.
JASON PRICE may have been a winner at Wembley yesterday, but the Pontypridd-born striker is now sweating on securing a new contract with Doncaster Rovers to earn him a return to one of his old stamping grounds next season.
returning to his old stamping grounds in New York to mull over why he left the old neighbourhood and all his old friends behind.
Three successive wins have taken the pressure off for now and Micky Adams, returning to another of his old stamping grounds, is likely to keep the same team with the possible addition of Stern John to the squad.
So it isn't like I'd be going into my old stamping grounds and coaching from the other side of the floor.
RONNIE O'LEARY returned to one of his old stamping grounds in triumph when he sent out Ontos to follow up his recent Huntingdon success under Mick Fitzgerald in the two-mile-one-furlong novice hurdle, writes Ray Gilpin.
DAWN GOODFELLOW returns to one of her old stamping grounds from Portugal this afternoon as she tries to win a race named in honour of her former stable favourite, Ceilidh Boy, at Kelso (writes GARRY OWEN).
The veteran politician will stand as a Labour regional list MSP in the Lothians - one of his old stamping grounds where he was an Edinburgh City councillor and chairman of the former Lothian Regional Council's education committee.
KIEREN FALLON looks the jockey to follow at Newcastle as the three-time champion returns to one of his old stamping grounds.