One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be sure of one's facts or secure in one's position.
- ‘Since the second she'd woken up, it had never seemed to her as if she was on firm ground; she hadn't really believed she would be staying anywhere for long.’
- ‘Here, at least, he was on firm ground, for he had pondered this matter for months.’
- ‘Dealing with the grandson of his benefactor, my father was on firm ground in being able to reciprocate the kindness which had signalled acceptance and belonging.’
- ‘As our local MP is both a medical practitioner and the Federal Minister for Education, we felt we were on firm ground.’
- ‘I don't think he ever forgave me for not being more of a Charles Olson fan (Olson was his all-time favorite), but otherwise we were on firm ground.’
- ‘Your Honour may be on firm ground, but wise or not Parliament is entitled to try - and it may not succeed, but guaranteed success is not a criterion of constitutional validity.’
- ‘As this is the simple truth - that to live is to feel oneself lost - he who accepts it has already begun to find himself, to be on firm ground.’
- ‘If this were true, that is, if these were the only or even the most important reasons that people fear death, Epicurus might be on firm ground.’
- ‘After that shaky start, Sharp is on firm ground, with a solid discussion of 8 tactical ploys, ranging from the common self-standoff to the impossibly rare Pandin's paradox.’
- ‘With some of the best known players in the World patronising the league and an assembly of top Industrial names as sponsors, J-league is on firm ground.’
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