Definition of hunting ground in US English:

hunting ground

noun

  • 1A place used or suitable for hunting.

    • ‘Well into the second half of the century optimistic sportsmen cherished the goal of discovering virgin hunting grounds, filled with animals that had not yet learned to fear men with firearms.’
    • ‘Four years later, however, these same voters worried more about losing their guns than their hunting grounds.’
    • ‘Because of the loss of their former hunting grounds, birds of prey are now forced to raid back gardens where their quarry, pre-occupied with feeding, fall easy victims.’
    • ‘After the game wandered to the other side of the waterhole, we trotted them back to our own hunting grounds.’
    • ‘As quail hunting grew in popularity across the South, one rural Alabama county captured the sporting world's attention and lured the rich and famous to its legendary hunting grounds.’
    • ‘Evelyn shook her head, ‘We could be trespassing on someone's hunting grounds and you are out here having a picnic!’’
    • ‘Native Americans fought against the US Army in the nineteenth century to maintain autonomy and protect their traditional hunting grounds.’
    • ‘Deprived of their hunting grounds by the new mode of production, they had, at the same time, become dependent upon its products.’
    • ‘By the twelfth century A.D., landowners distributed salt licks to attract deer, a technique so effective that the emperors subsequently forbade it except on sovereign hunting grounds.’
    • ‘So whenever people come over here to hunt buffalo, they can have our hunting grounds.’
    • ‘This is one of her usual hunting grounds; there was usually always easy prey here.’
    • ‘Both sportsmen and hide hunters could easily reach the hunting grounds and once there, range freely without worry.’
    • ‘However, many of the Indians who had lived freely for generations were unwilling to share, sell, or abandon their hunting grounds.’
    • ‘Both were royal hunting grounds in medieval times, but earlier settlement is attested by later prehistoric farmsteads and occasional hillforts.’
    • ‘Different animals rove through their hunting grounds.’
    • ‘This animal is intelligent, seeing if she is a threat, protecting its hunting grounds, or near by lair.’
    • ‘He criss-crossed the range again, this time visiting the banks and hedgerows and the patches of uncultivated scrub that once had been his best hunting grounds.’
    • ‘Already, smaller ice packs have reduced hunting grounds for polar bears, leaving some dangerously underweight.’
    • ‘The cool clear waters off this coast at this time of year are ideal hunting grounds for great white sharks, who are visual predators.’
    • ‘Their hunting grounds and game preserves are being disturbed and their food supply both diminished and rendered uncertain.’
    1. 1.1 A place where people can observe or acquire what they want.
      ‘the circuit is a favorite hunting ground for talent scouts’
      • ‘It's not only the zero-tax policy of Dubai that makes it a favourite hunting ground for shoppers, but also an impressive line up of world's most popular brands that are available there.’
      • ‘This means that the old specialised areas of collecting may once again become the hunting ground of connoisseurs, rather than those for whom price is all.’
      • ‘Junk shops are not usually happy hunting grounds for archaeologists, but, let's face it, we've all heard stories of treasures being found in the least likely of places.’
      • ‘The undulating terrain of the park also made it a hunting ground for muggers and it had become a centre for fear rather than fun.’
      • ‘If you want to jump on the badge wagon big time, car boot sales, charity shops, local community fairs, jumble sales and junk shops are the best hunting grounds.’
      • ‘Market similarity, ease of entry and exit has made the British market a familiar hunting ground for Irish investors over the past ten years.’
      • ‘The resilient UK and European markets look like being happy hunting grounds for the masters of cost management and quick turnaround for some time yet.’
      • ‘The annual sitting of the UK Youth Parliament, the political party conferences and youth interest groups will be among the hunting grounds where opinions will be sought.’
      • ‘The variations between venom types and the number of venomous snakes worldwide create a rich molecular hunting ground for researchers, like Woods, seeking to design new drugs.’
      • ‘An aerobics class is great hunting ground, because people used to working out in a social setting will likely be open to exercising in tandem.’
      • ‘And domestic companies seem to have clearly identified their favourite hunting grounds.’
      • ‘The midfielder returns to his old hunting ground and produces a glorious performance for England.’
      • ‘Europe, he said, was a more likely hunting ground than Asia, where hotel assets remain highly priced despite the industry downturn.’
      • ‘Hospitals were his favoured hunting ground for thefts of cash and credit cards and he continued his scam during the early 1990s.’
      • ‘For the dealers, it provides a useful hunting ground for fresh talent.’
      • ‘But it is also significantly more than just the hunting grounds upon which consumers hunt down the latest commodity fetish.’
      • ‘The internet provides a wealth of information, but it is also a hunting ground for people trying to push shares of illiquid or rarely traded companies.’
      • ‘The road in front of the Secretariat is the favourite hunting ground for hawkers of all kinds.’
      • ‘It has been the hunting ground of a few specialist historians, most of them wearers of the famous black armband.’
      • ‘Resale shops and flea markets are excellent hunting grounds for additional pieces.’

Pronunciation

hunting ground

/ˈhən(t)iNG ˈˌɡround//ˈhən(t)ɪŋ ˈˌɡraʊnd/