shift one's ground

shift one's ground
shift one's ground
To change one's standpoint in a situation or argument
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Main Entry:ground
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shift one's ground (usu figurative)
To change the position one has taken, eg in a discussion
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Main Entry:shift

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say or write something that contradicts something one has previously written or said

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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