One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in North America) 2 February, when the groundhog is said to come out of its hole at the end of hibernation. If the animal sees its shadow—i.e. if the weather is sunny—it goes back into its hole, which portends six weeks more of winter weather.
- ‘If, by Groundhog Day, you're still seeing dark shadows, write me back.’
- ‘No distinction is made for what day it is; it's Groundhog Day.’
- ‘With Groundhog Day but a distant memory, it's time for local newscasters to dust off the perennial V-Day human interest story.’
- ‘As most Americans know, Groundhog Day is February 2.’
- ‘An important part of preparing for our trek to Punxsutawney involved doing some background research on the whole Groundhog Day tradition.’
- 1.1 A situation in which a series of unwelcome or tedious events appear to be recurring in exactly the same way.‘she lived an unrelenting Groundhog Day of laundry, shopping, and rearing us kids’
- ‘The Northern Ireland Secretary has called for an end to the province's Groundhog Day, whereby everyone wakes up to the same scenario every few months.’
- ‘There was also a worry about a sort of Murrayfield Groundhog Day after only six minutes when flanker Mauro Bergamasco was too sharp leaving a scrum on the Italian 22 and Paterson made a fearful hash of the attempted penalty.’
- ‘The only guarantee is that it will come again: Every day here is Groundhog Day.’
- ‘On the plus side, the Conservatives, still trapped in Groundhog Day, fought a campaign that was professional, disciplined and quite clever.’
- ‘The final report should be handed to the Broadcasting Council next November, potentially bringing to an end a debate that McCormick describes as BBC Scotland's very own "Groundhog Day".’
- ‘It has been well said that every Test match morning is Groundhog Day for this England side.’
- ‘Besides, despite his Groundhog Day on Wednesday, the Prime Minister can take solace from one of the factors that so cheered him until then: the continued lack of serious opposition from the Conservatives.’
- ‘It's starting to feel like Groundhog Day after every Rovers game these days.’
- ‘Sometimes O'Neill must feel like he's living his life in a loop, a kind of Groundhog Day existence that always seems to return to a questioning of his future, no matter what he says on the subject.’
- ‘Indeed, when they scored two tries early in the second half to take the lead, there was an air of Groundhog Day dread among an anxious crowd.’
- ‘IT could be a case of Groundhog Day for Nelson when they take on Oldham Town tonight.’
- ‘It's Groundhog Day again for the scientists, politicians and fishermen who wrangle over the catch quotas in the North Sea.’
- ‘It is Groundhog Day in the Democrat primaries.’
- ‘If 2010 is to be anything more than just another governmental Groundhog Day, we must see investment in Britain's uplands to pass on the vital skills and knowledge of hill farming to the next generation.’
- ‘Overall, Romanov's arrival will surely be welcomed, not just by Hearts supporters, but by those who crave an end to SPL Groundhog Day.’
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