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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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  • The sound of his step on the hard ground interrupted Claire René's reverie; she looked up and around.

  • He crept softly across the hard ground of the road where he had landed.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • All this time her reverend husband sat outside on the hard ground at a safe distance, but did not offer any help.

    Death Valley in '49 William Lewis Manly
  • And was it to save the poor thing from being hurt by the fall on the hard ground!

    Quicksilver George Manville Fenn
  • He prayed, and ere the morning broke he slept calmly, even on the hard ground, in sweet forgetfulness of his doom.

    The Circassian Chief W.H.G. Kingston
  • Then she stopped abruptly, dropping down on the cold, hard ground.

  • When she reached the hard ground she was wet to the neck, and her hair was sodden with her one plunge "overhead."

    The Romance of the Coast James Runciman
  • But then every toe-mark is not often visible on hard ground.

    Tracks and Tracking Josef Brunner
  • If the pole, when it fell down, hadn't knocked the pillows to one side, and there was only hard ground for Buddy to land on.

    Buddy And Brighteyes Pigg Howard R. Garis
  • The noise was that of the iron-shod hoofs of horses on the hard ground.

    Two Boy Gold Miners Frank V. Webster

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