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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
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.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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