To break ground

Also found in: Idioms.
Related to To break ground: in droves, be in touch, without a hitch
To open the earth as for planting; to commence excavation, as for building, siege operations, and the like; as, to break ground for a foundation, a canal, or a railroad.
Fig.: To begin to execute any plan.
(Naut.) To release the anchor from the bottom.

See also: Break, Break, Break

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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This is one of the first K-12 projects to break ground under the Missouri statute signed into effect on July 1, 2016 that allows Construction Manager at Risk contracts for public projects.
In a blog post, vice president Jacquelline Fuller said that she and her team are in Nevada to break ground on the company's newest data center and Google Cloud region.
Air Force and localAlabama officials joined executives with Bethesda-based global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin Friday to break ground on the company's new strike systems production facility inTroy, Alabama.
Commenting at the ceremony, Alakbarov said: "We are very proud to break ground on our pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Tugade said his group initially aimed a December 2018 groundbreaking for the multibillion-peso project, but is now aiming to break ground for the subway deal in the first quarter of 2019.
Michael Achenbaum, the founder of New York-based Gansevoort Hotel Group, has partnered with Douglaston Development, SUSD and Hondo Enterprises to develop a full-service urban resort at 45 Curtain Road in East London's fashionable Shoreditch district, set to break ground early next year.
In March it said it hoped to break ground on the project within two months, but this had now been revised.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, US Senator Lamar Alexander, Congressman John Duncan and other local and state officials joined chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld to break ground, the company said.
BLYTHEVILLE--The developer behind a planned $1.1 billion steel mill in northeast Arkansas says he hopes to break ground on the project this fall if everything goes as planned.
The north clinic facility, expected to break ground in the early summer, will be a six-story, 194,400 square foot building on the USF Tampa campus.
Campbell, gathered recently with other state officials at the Palmer Pioneer Home to break ground for renovating the Alaska Veterans' and Pioneers' Home.