Posted by RRC on June 19, 2007
In Reply to: Re: Run it to earth posted by ESC on June 19, 2007
: : What does "run it to earth" mean? What is its origin?
: I haven't heard that. Is it like "run to ground." Drive an animal into its burrow. From Merriam-Webster:
: to ground
: 1 : into a burrow - The fox went to ground.
: 2 : into hiding - Might need to make a run for it and go to ground someplace. -- Edward Hoagland.
Need more context. Some people also use "earth" and "ground" in the electrical sense so you could say "Run the blue wire to earth" or "to ground".