on the ground = 'in the world'

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 18 22:19:57 UTC 2011

OED has "in situ; on the spot" from the early '60s. But try this:

2008 David Thomson _Have You Seen...?_ (N.Y.: Penguin) 791: "'Bib-lit'
[biblical literature] is mercifully light on the ground these days.

And that's the context, in a review of a biblical screen spectacular.


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