These three micro-dictations all contain the expression ‘from the ground up’. Complete each exercise, and then try to guess the meaning/usage of the expression from the context.
Accent: North America
…We’re going to have to redo it…
to redo sth = to do sth again. e.g. Several of the attendees on the video call had issues with the sound, so we’re going to redo the meeting with them.
…takes determination, vision and flexibility…
In this sentence, the verb take means require. e.g. It took a lot of hard work, but we managed to complete the factory refit ahead of schedule.
from the ground up: meaning and explanation
If you do something from the ground up, then you do it completely, from the very beginning, or from the most basic level.
This expression is useful when describing the process of building a business – saying that you built it from the ground up emphasises the fact that you created the business from nothing.
This expression is also useful when talking about redesigning or rebuilding something. Using the expression emphasises that the rebuilding or redesigning process is very thorough or complete (which is often a positive or reassuring thing). e.g. After the data breach last year, we redesigned our security systems from the ground up.