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hard ground

an etching ground applied to the surface of a plate held over a small flame and spread by a dabber or brayer.
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  • Six pairs of boots, taken from the corpses, fell noisily on to the hard ground.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • He crept softly across the hard ground of the road where he had landed.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • She had to sit down on the dry, hard ground and look down into the valley and all about her.

    Heidi Johanna Spyri
  • The form resting on a cast iron point is driven to hard ground.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • Ruth smote the hard ground at her feet with all her strength.

    Ruth Fielding At College Alice B. Emerson
  • My bed was on the hard ground, and my food was wild berries.

    King Arthur and His Knights Maude L. Radford
  • And was it to save the poor thing from being hurt by the fall on the hard ground!

    Quicksilver George Manville Fenn
  • They are obliged to sleep on the hard ground, to rise before the sun.

  • They were buried just back of the quarters on hard ground, for this place.

    Diary of an Enlisted Man Lawrence Van Alstyne
  • We have had a rain and the hard ground made the softest kind of mud.

    Diary of an Enlisted Man Lawrence Van Alstyne

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