One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a hunted animal) hide in an underground burrow.‘the fox would go to earth and stay there till dark’
hide, go into hiding, hide out, find a hiding place, conceal oneself, keep out of sight, keep a low profile, take cover, go to earth, go to ground, go underground, cover one's tracks, lurk, skulkView synonyms
- ‘I saw it go to earth as I got between two buildings on Foss Islands Road.’
- ‘After a two hour chase it finally went to earth but a trap was set and the fox captured the next day and bagged so ‘it will again afford another day's sport’.’
- 1.1 Go into hiding.‘he'd gone to earth after that meeting’
- ‘She had gone to earth in the pit opened by the torn-up roots of a fallen tree, and sprang out at his approach.’
- ‘An anti-hunting MP was forced to go to earth in the face of a noisy protest at one of his routine constituency surgeries by angry Yorkshire hunt supporters.’
- ‘Intelligence forces have complained that several high-profile suspects they'd been keeping an eye on have gone to earth and now can't be found.’
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