ground floor


  1. the floor of a building at or nearest to ground level.
  2. Informal. an advantageous position or opportunity in a business matter, especially in a new enterprise: She took the job in the new company because she wanted to get in on the ground floor.


  1. the floor of a building level or almost level with the ground
  2. get in on the ground floor or start from the ground floor informal
    1. to enter a business, organization, etc, at the lowest level
    2. to be in a project, undertaking, etc, from its inception

also ground-floor, c.1600, from ground (n.) + floor (n.); figurative use is from 1864.

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