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Difference between Be on one’s own ground and Stand on one’s native soil

be on one’s own ground—(also: be on home ground)

1. be in the area where one works or lives (with the implication that it makes a person feel confident and secure):

  • Whenever possible he liked to make a point of talking to drug users on their own ground.

2. be competent in a subject because one is thoroughly familiar with it (with the implication that it makes a person feel relaxed and comfortable):

  • And where he is on his own ground, as in the chapters dealing with family life, he exercises his well-known mastery of observation.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase stand one’s own ground—(also: hold one’s ground) maintain one’s firm position in an argument, etc:

  • Perry discovered that he could stand his own ground and still be respected.

stand on one’s native soil—be in the land of one’s birth:

  • I am looking forward to going back to France and standing once more on my native soil.