stamping ground

or stomping ground


a habitual or favorite haunt.

Origin of stamping ground

First recorded in 1780–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for stamping ground

backyard, habitat, hangout, haunt, purlieu, turf

Examples from the Web for stamping ground

Historical Examples of stamping ground

  • Lost Valley was no longer a stamping-ground for wrong and oppression.

  • Our poet-naturalist seems to have appropriated all outdoors for his stamping-ground.

  • It is his stamping-ground when his blood is up, and the devil squats at his ears.

    A Speckled Bird

    Augusta J. Evans Wilson

  • I'll take you back to your stamping-ground if that's what you crave.

    North of Fifty-Three

    Bertrand W. Sinclair

  • His poetry has been the stamping-ground of theologians and the centre of prattling literary circles.

British Dictionary definitions for stamping ground

stamping ground


a habitual or favourite meeting or gathering place
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Idioms and Phrases with stamping ground

stamping ground

Also, old stamping ground. A habitual or favorite haunt, as in Whenever we visit, we go back to our old stamping ground, the drugstore nearest the high school. This term alludes to a traditional gathering place for horses or cattle, which stamp down the ground with their hooves. [Early 1800s]

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