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holding ground

[′hōl·diŋ ‚grau̇nd]
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The bottom ground of an anchorage; the term is usually preceded by an adjective to indicate the quality of the holding power of the material constituting the bottom.
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Unless the pull of the cable is fair on the ring, no anchor can be trusted even on the best of holding ground. In time of stress it is bound to drag, for implements and men must be treated fairly to give you the "virtue" which is in them.
And he did it very badly too, in a hurry, and nearly contriving to miss altogether the patch of good holding ground, because, for sooth, he had caught sight of Hermann's niece on the poop.
'It has come to our attention that the grounds are being used as a garage, parking yard, car wash and holding grounds for unlicensed vehicles,' reads the notice .
A herder was last week shot dead by suspected bandits at Biliqo field in Garbatulla Sub-County while another was seriously injured when a group of attackers opened fire on him at Kambi Samaki as he grazed his camels.HOLDING GROUNDSPlans by the Isiolo County government to establish feedlots in strategic holding grounds to save thousands of animals that die during drought are underway, Governor Mohamed Kuti recently said.
The SDF will also center on meliorating Somaliland s roads, the construction of two livestock holding grounds, the upgrading of its water supply and the regeneration and protection of rangelands to enhance productivity.
salt bed tunnels slated to become the holding grounds for 850,000 55-gallon drums of radioactive nuclear weapons' waste.
If WIPP does open and that enormous piece of Southwest real estate becomes the nation's latest nuclear waste holding grounds, critics - and a majority of the public - believe that at some point radioactivity will leak from the site.
Tinega said the use of termini as holding grounds will not be tolerated.
"All matatu saccos are advised to have alternative sites as holding grounds. All allotment letters given to individual matatu saccos stand cancelled," he added.
Sacco managers have been given three months to look for alternative holding grounds from where they will dispatch their vehicles to the CBD.