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go to ground

To hide at a location where one will not easily be found. I needed to go to ground at my vacation home after making that huge blunder at work.
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go to ground

BRITISH
If you go to ground, you hide from someone or something. Either he'd left town or gone to ground. He left the hotel and went to ground in the station waiting-room. It was a safe place. Compare with go to earth. Note: In hunting, this expression is used to refer to a fox escaping into its hole.
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go to ground

1 (of a fox or other animal) enter its earth or burrow to hide, especially when being hunted. 2 (of a person) hide or become inaccessible, usually for a prolonged period.
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go to ˈearth/ˈground

(British English) hide, especially to escape from somebody who is chasing you: His family never saw him again. He went to ground and they heard nothing else of him until he died last year.
This expression refers to a fox hiding underground when it is hunted.
See also: earth, ground
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Yes, the Frenchman went to ground - because he had taken a blatant, hefty wallop to the head.
Reynolds planned the Great Train Robbery, after which the gang famously went to ground in nearby Leatherslade Farm,before dividing up the proceeds and fleeing.
Erikkson, who went to ground yesterday, claimed to have an agreement with the FA that neither side would comment on his private life.
But Hibs drew level in controversial circumstances when Thomas McManus went to ground following a tackle from McCracken and picked himself up to convert the resulting 57th minute spot kick and celebrated by imitating a lap-dancer, a reference to midweek press allegations.
You never know when you're not going to be there for your family,'' said Smith-Fortier, who went to ground zero in New York following the attacks.
Inquiries revealed he boarded a Belfast-bound ferry in Cairnryan on January 9 but went to ground.
He went to ground after David Healy's hat-trick saw Northern Ireland defeat Spain in a Euro 2008 qualifier as he was angered at criticism of his side.
TV gardener Charlie Dimmock went to ground last night after she cheated on her boyfriend of 13-years with a BBC technician.