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[mass noun] Preliminary or basic work:‘the inquiry's findings are expected to lay the groundwork for a complete overhaul of the system’
preliminary work, preliminaries, preparations, preparatory measures, basic work, spadework, legwork, hard work, donkey work, hack workplanning, arrangements, organization, homeworkbasics, rudiments, essentials, fundamentals, underpinning, footing, foundation, cornerstonenitty-gritty, nuts and bolts, brass tacksView synonyms
- ‘Very effective groundwork has been laid by the politicians mentioned above.’
- ‘They set store by groundwork and say there is no shortcut to success.’
- ‘The official picked a site where there was no groundwork needed to the right of the square.’
- ‘Of course there is some groundwork that must be laid out when embarking on this board game journey.’
- ‘With these two books he covers most of the basic groundwork for becoming a photographer.’
- ‘The groundwork on the new building began on Tuesday and the village hall trust hopes it will be ready by Christmas.’
- ‘The groundwork of the songs rely on basic beats with a few tonal melodies interacting.’
- ‘We have achieved a great deal this year and have established firm groundwork for continuing our work next year.’
- ‘Shaped in the form of a boat, the pavilion took seven days to build, while the concept and groundwork took two months.’
- ‘With this groundwork in place, China is ready now to adopt a more flexible exchange rate.’
- ‘If you have a limited budget, you can do some preparatory groundwork yourself to cut costs.’
- ‘But no amount of groundwork could prepare you for the verticality of the cliffs here.’
- ‘Once that groundwork has been done, the picture tends to become a bit clearer about the budget needed to complete any deal.’
- ‘Using this groundwork, Laurier wanted to build a strong national image for Canada.’
- ‘It just wasn't Montreal's time, but groundwork was being laid for what was to come.’
- ‘The groundwork has now been prepared for the main contractors to start work in May.’
- ‘Teachers and administration had been working over the past weeks and groundwork had been done.’
- ‘The first step is to do the basic groundwork of self-education on the issues and problems to be combated.’
- ‘While the bikes have moved much ahead, and even cars have done some groundwork, the buses have not moved at all.’
- ‘It appeared students who had done their groundwork over the year were reaping the reward for their efforts.’
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