Share this entry

shift one's ground

Definition of shift one's ground in English:

Say or write something that contradicts something one has previously written or said.
Example sentences
  • Are you struggling to keep up with events, or shifting your ground to try to keep in step with Joe public?
  • Since opponents of vouchers remain strong, rather than risk everything on an all-singing, all-dancing scheme that he was unlikely to get through Congress, he shifted his ground.
  • Instead of trying to show from the nature of the situation that there is a logical difference between the two kinds of ownership, he shifts his ground to a consideration of consequences.
See parent entry: shift

Definition of shift one's ground in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources