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the floor of a building at or nearest to ground level.
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.
the floor of a building level or almost level with the ground
(informal) get in on the ground floor, start from the ground floor


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

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