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Shi told the Record Searchlight that he’d been “grounded” for the past two months, restricting his ability or fly or train at the school where students are “required to use English in all their communications to better prepare them for their pilot careers,” according to IASCO’s website.

I looked it up. It maybe means "study the basic knowledge" or "be treated badly (force to the ground)".

What is the real meaning?

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See ground verb definition #1

ground (v): Prohibit or prevent (a pilot or an aircraft) from flying. ‘a bitter wind blew from the north-east and the bombers were grounded’

It's kind of an idiomatic expression that started in the 1930s as a punishment for pilots who committed some kind of infraction, to take away their flying privileges -- i.e. to keep them on the ground.

  • What kind of dictionary do you read, the first definition of ground is that? – Zhang May 29 '18 at 5:29
  • See the link in the answer. Oxford English living dictionary. – Andrew May 29 '18 at 5:41
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    @马化腾 There are, of course, many other definitions of "ground" as a verb, many slightly idiomatic and particular to a field. Each dictionary seems to give a different set of answers, so I'm not surprised you are confused. – Andrew May 29 '18 at 14:55

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