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Above ground

Posted by Smokey Stover on March 03, 2008 at 13:28:

In Reply to: Above ground posted by Dawn on March 03, 2008 at 08:55:

: What does the saying 'It's a great day to be above ground' mean?

That's a sentence, but not what I would call a saying. The cliché is: "It's a great day to be alive." If you're above ground you're probably alive. Or you could be a coal miner, glad to spend a day outside the mine. Without context, I would guess that it's a clever substitution gone wrong, with above ground substituted for alive.