Definition of go to ground in US English:

go to ground

phrase

  • 1(of a fox or other animal) enter its earth or burrow.

    • ‘Quite frequently, instead of being caught by the hounds, the fox will go to ground, typically in a fox earth.’
    • ‘In the U.S. hounds are trained to pursue the fox until it goes to ground (finds cover in one of its holes).’
    • ‘For instance practices like digging up foxes that have gone to ground and blocking exit holes should not be allowed.’
    • ‘Before a ‘normal’ hunt, terrier men block all holes in the area before the hunt arrives and then follow in vans to dig out any fox which goes to ground or send in the terriers to drive the fox out again.’
    1. 1.1 (of a person) hide or become inaccessible, especially for a long time.
      ‘he had gone to ground following the presidential coup’
      • ‘As these verbal hand grenades exploded all around them, the Old Firm strapped on their tin helmets and went to ground.’
      • ‘He spent some time defending his work, but has since gone to ground as his work has been criticized by more conservative elements.’
      • ‘He went to ground after he was sacked from his £250,000 job and has not spoken publicly about the allegations.’
      • ‘He was a businessman who arranged for the four to go to ground in a small flat and there they hid for 1,032 days until the liberation in 1945.’
      • ‘He said: ‘We are still alert to this offender, but are satisfied that he has gone to ground or moved from the area.’’
      • ‘Take this week for instance: I've been absent due to illness - and that's what she did - totally went to ground and recovered in private and stuff.’
      • ‘Last week, he went to ground in the Alps in advance of Wednesday's crucial meeting with the British Olympic Association and the results of the second test that could seal his fate.’
      • ‘Both men went to ground, but one was arrested on January 29 and the other gave himself up a few days later after a failed attempt to get a passport to leave the country.’
      • ‘The nephew then went on to shoot a local grocery store owner, and then went to ground before being found by police the other day.’
      • ‘Once we kicked him out and he went to ground in Afghanistan, he couldn't be tracked anywhere.’
      hide, hide out, hide oneself, conceal oneself, secrete oneself, shelter, take cover, lie low, go to earth, go underground
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