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Difference between Cover the ground and Cover the territory

cover the ground

1. (also: cover ground) deal with an assignment, etc. (especially efficiently or rapidly):

  • His supporters just couldn’t cover the ground fast enough to capitalize on the sudden shift in public sentiment.

2. (of a book, etc.) treat a subject:

  • The author’s statements, as to testing the cement before it was accepted, are very instructive and seem to cover the ground most thoroughly.

cover the territory —(also: cover the field) be comprehensive:

  • The book really covers the territory in terms of outlining the medical treatment options, their pluses and minuses.