give ground

[give ground] {v. phr.} To go backward under attack; move back;retreat.

After fighting for a while the troops slowly began to giveground.

Although they were outnumbered by the enemy, the menrefused to give ground.

Compare: DRAW BACK, DROP BACK, LOSE GROUND.Contrast: HOLD ONE'S GROUND, STAND OFF, STAND ONE'S GROUND, STAND PAT,STAVE OFF.