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Ground zero

Postby pdh0224 » Mon Oct 18, 2004 2:03 am

Dear teacher,

"the firm that is now overseeing the Freedom Tower at ground zero."

Q: What does "ground zero" mean? A dictionary says it is the point on the surface of the Earth directly above or below where a nuclear explosion has happened OR a place at the center of changes that are happening fast or violently. But Both meanings are not suitable for the meaning of the sentence.

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Postby Alan » Mon Oct 18, 2004 5:25 am

It is used metaphorically to refer to the site of the September 11th terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York.

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