• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ground-rent rent paid to a landlord for the use of the ground for a specified term, usually in England ninety-nine years
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. grund; most prob. grund-en, pa.p. of grindan, and orig. meaning 'earth ground small;' cog. with Ger. grund, Ice. grunnr.


In literature:

Though made of boards, and run up rather hastily, it is as pretty as a picture, and cost a deal of money, though I pay no ground rent.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8" by Ambrose Bierce
There are no taxes, no ground-rents, and the tenant is bound to keep his premises in repair.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 55, No. 340, February, 1844" by Various
Samson threw him to the ground with a jerk so strong and violent that it rent the sleeve from his shoulder.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
Does the mill pond stand on the ground he's rented?
"The Banner Boy Scouts" by George A. Warren
The laborer usually pays a small rent for his cottage, but is allowed a piece of ground free for a garden.
"History and Comprehensive Description of Loudoun County, Virginia" by James W. Head
So he allowed them to have the ground, charging a small ground-rent as was the custom.
"China and the Chinese" by Herbert Allen Giles
Pele, incensed at his answer, stamped her foot on the ground and an earthquake followed, which rent the hill in sunder.
"Hawaiian Folk Tales" by Various
Let Monte Carlo go, but keep a stern eye on London ground-rents.
"Post-Prandial Philosophy" by Grant Allen
The rent paid for potato ground has been enormously magnified.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 343, May 1844" by Various
As above explained, there is no land tax, nor ground rent, and every man builds his own house and is his own landlord.
"British Borneo" by W. H. Treacher

In poetry:

The moon shone out, the stars were gay.
He saw the foxes run and play.
He rent his garments, he rolled around
In deep repentance on the ground.
"How Samson Bore Away The Gates Of Gaza" by Vachel Lindsay
As his whirlwind struck the mountains,
Rent and lifted, swayed the ground;
Winged knives of crooked lightning
Gleamed from skies and gulfs profound.
"Ugonde's Tale" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Upon the hard-fought battle-ground,
Brave steeds and gallant riders found
A common grave;
And there the warrior's hand did gain
The rents, and the long vassal train,
That conquest gave.
"Coplas De Manrique (From The Spanish)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
What? Heart-hawk, foiled in your first fierce plunge,
By this ground-bird’s spasm of flight intense,
And short-winged lunge
Into the cover so near and dense?
What? your breast is bloody and torn,
Stabbed and rent by the baffling thorn?
"In The Morning" by Sydney Wheeler Jephcott
His armour rousted, rent, and torne
Clift was his sheeld, his sword was worne,
A stranger in this countrey strainge
Nor aduentures might heir be found,
The warr-lyk Knights heir, till the ground,
And rights their wrong, with lawes reuenge.
"The Avthor To His Patrone" by Patrick Gordon
The royal guard, forming the vanguard, made the first attack,
Under the command of King Ulva, who courage didn't lack;
And cries of "King Ulva!" and "King Shuac!" rent the air,
While Shuac cried, I'll burn Shina to the ground, I now do swear!
"The Battle of Shina, in Africa, Fought in 1800" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Jason Smith drives his 9500 John Deere Combine while shelling corn on rented ground off of Chapel Road outside McSherrystown.
Ground rent bill would set penalty for failing to register.
If you farm rented ground, the jump in what you pay for that land may not sting as badly next year as it did this year.
Personal protective equipment is a must for customers renting lawn and grounds equipment.
Developers are breaking ground on suburban apartment complexes that have loads of amenities and high rents.
The building has a land lease , meaning that residents pay rent for the ground on which it stands instead of owning it outright, as most co-ops and condos do.
If we are to take the latest Ground Zero proposals seriously (see below), consider this: Why is the Port Authority offering to pay more rent at the World Trade Center than it is obligated to.
A Minnesota law prohibits a tenant from withholding the last month's rent on the grounds that the security deposit will serve as payment for that rent, provided the landlord provides written notice of the statute and demand for payment.