terra firma

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terra +‎ firma; Latin terra (land), Latin firma (solid).



terra firma (uncountable)

  1. Continental land, as distinguished from islands.
  2. (colloquial) Land, as opposed to water or air.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter VII:
      I [] turned the handle softly, pushed – also softly – and, carrying on into the interior, found myself confronted by a girl in housemaid's costume who put a hand to her throat like somebody in a play and leaped several inches in the direction of the ceiling. “Coo!” she said, having returned to terra firma and taken aboard a spot of breath. “You gave me a start, sir!”
    • 2019 November 13, “Reize – Showdown Character Highlight”, in yachtclubgames.com[1], Yacht Club Games, archived from the original on November 27, 2020, Dive Kick:
      Reize is a floaty character (thanks to that scarf), so this kick can be great for quickly getting back to terra firma or to that game-winning gem!