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ground someone

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To deny privileges to someone, esp to keep someone confined at home as a punishment: If my father got a pair of bell-bottoms, I think I'd ground him

[1940s+; fr the practice of not permitting a pilot to fly, as a punishment, the word found by 1931]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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