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bump and grind

1. noun A dance characterized by aggressive and overtly sexualized hip movements, either by a single dancer or between two dance partners. It was a little disconcerting to see teenagers doing the bump and grind at the prom.
2. noun Any series or combination of rough, jarring movements, especially as in whitewater kayaking or road racing. The bump and grind through those last rapids gave me a headache!
3. verb To dance in a manner characterized by aggressive and overtly sexualized hip movements, either by a single dancer or between two dance partners. It was a little disconcerting to see teenagers bumping and grinding at the prom.
4. verb To perform any series or combination of rough, jarring movements, especially as in whitewater kayaking or road racing. We're going to have to bump and grind through this next section of the river.
See also: and, bump, grind

grind (someone's) gears

To greatly or specifically irritate or annoy someone. It really grinds my gears when cyclists go zipping through red lights! John's not a bad guy, but he has a habit of grinding people's gears with his political rants.
See also: gear, grind

daily grind

One's daily work routine, especially when it is tiresome. I'm so thrilled to be off next week—I really need a break from the daily grind.
See also: daily, grind

have an axe to grind

1. To have a complaint or dispute that one feels compelled to discuss. I think the boss has a bit of an axe to grind with you over the way the account was handled.
2. To have a personal motivation or selfish reason for saying or doing something. It was boy's-club attitudes like yours that made my time at school a living hell, so yeah, I have a bit of an axe to grind. I don't have an ax to grind here—I just want to know the truth.
See also: axe, grind, have

grind to a halt

To slowly stop. Our project will grind to a halt if the CEO pulls his approval.
See also: grind, halt

daily grind

[someone's] everyday work routine. I'm getting very tired of the daily grind. When my vacation was over, I had to go back to the daily grind.
See also: daily, grind

grind away

(at someone) Fig. to needle, criticize, and nag someone continually. Why are you always grinding away at me? Leave me alone. Stop grinding away!
See also: away, grind

grind away (at something)

to crush something into particles continually. The machine ground away at the rocks, making tons of gravel. It ground away, making a terrible noise in the process.
See also: away, grind

grind on

Fig. [for something] to drag on endlessly. The hours ground on without anything happening. I was so tired of waiting. The lecture ground on, minute after minute.
See also: grind, on

grind someone down

Fig. to wear someone down by constant requests; to wear someone down by constant nagging. If you think you can grind me down by bothering me all the time, you are wrong. The constant nagging ground down the employees at last.
See also: down, grind

grind something away

to remove something by grinding. Grind the bumps away and make the wall smooth. Please grind away the bumps.
See also: away, grind

grind something down

to make something smooth or even by grinding. Grind this down to make it smooth. Please grind down this rough spot.
See also: down, grind

grind something into something

 
1. to pulverize something into powder, grit, particles, etc. The machine ground the rocks into gravel. The mill ground the grain into flour.
2. and grind something in to crush or rub something into something. People's feet ground the cigarette ashes into the carpet. Their feet ground in the ashes.
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grind something out

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1. Lit. to produce something by grinding. Working hard, he ground the powder out, acup at a time. He ground out the powder, a cup at a time.
2. Fig. to produce something in a mechanical or perfunctory manner. The factory just keeps grinding these toys out, day after day. The machine grinds out the same part by the hundreds all day long.
See also: grind, out

grind something to something

to keep grinding something until it is something. I ground the fennel seeds to a powder and threw them in the simmering sauce. The wheels of the cars, trucks, and buses had ground the football to a broken mass.
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grind something together

to rub things together. Stop grinding your teeth together. The stones ground together as we drove over them.
See also: grind, together

grind something up

to pulverize or crush something by crushing, rubbing, or abrasion. Please grind the fennel seeds up. Grind up the fennel seeds and sprinkle them on the top.
See also: grind, up

grind to a halt

Fig. to slow down and stop. Every day about noon, traffic in town grinds to a halt. The bus ground to a halt at the corner and someone got off.
See also: grind, halt

have an ax(e) to grind

Fig. to have something to complain about. Tom, I need to talk to you. I have an ax to grind. Bill and Bob went into the other room to argue. They had an axe to grind.
See also: ax, grind, have

mill cannot grind with water that is past

Prov. Do not waste the opportunities you now have.; Do not waste time wishing for what you had in the past. If you want to go abroad, do it now, while you're young and have the money. The mill cannot grind with water that is past.
See also: cannot, grind, mill, past, that, water

mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small

Prov. It may take a long time, but evil will always be punished. Jill: It really doesn't seem right that Fred can be so horrible and dishonest, but he always gets everything he wants. Jane: Be patient. The mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small.
See also: god, grind, mill, of, small, yet

ax to grind

A selfish aim or motive, as in The article criticized the new software, but the author had an ax to grind, as its manufacturer had fired his son . This frequently used idiom comes from a story by Charles Miner, published in 1811, about a boy who was flattered into turning the grindstone for a man sharpening his ax. He worked hard until the school bell rang, whereupon the man, instead of thanking the boy, began to scold him for being late and told him to hurry to school. "Having an ax to grind" then came into figurative use for having a personal motive for some action. [Mid-1800s]
See also: ax, grind

grind to a halt

Also, come to a grinding halt. Gradually come to a standstill or end. For example, Once the funding stopped, the refurbishing project ground to a halt, or She's come to a grinding halt with that book she's writing. This expression alludes to a clogged engine that gradually stops or a ship that runs aground.
See also: grind, halt

mills of the gods grind slowly

One's destiny is inevitable even if it takes considerable time to arrive. For example, I'm sure he'll be wealthy one day, though the mills of the gods grind slowly. This expression comes from ancient Greek, translated as "The mills of the gods grind slowly, but they grind small." In English it appeared in George Herbert's Jacula Prudentum (1640) as "God's mill grinds slow but sure."
See also: god, grind, mill, of, slowly

have an axe to grind

COMMON If someone has an axe to grind, they have particular attitudes about something, often because they think they have been treated badly or because they want to get an advantage. Note: `Axe' is spelled `ax' in American English. Lord Gifford believed cases should be referred by an independent agency which, as he put it, doesn't have an axe to grind. He didn't have a critical ax to grind. He was very open-minded about other people's work. Note: You can also say that you have no axe to grind to deny that your strong opinions about something are based on personal reasons. The unions insist they have no axe to grind, because they will represent operators wherever they work. Note: There are several explanations for the origin of this expression. One is a story told by Benjamin Franklin about a man who managed to get his own axe sharpened by asking a boy to show him how his father's grindstone worked.
See also: axe, grind, have

grind to a halt

COMMON
1. If a process or an activity grinds to a halt, it gradually becomes slower or less active until it stops. The peace process has ground to a halt.
2. If a vehicle grinds to a halt, it stops slowly and noisily. The tanks ground to a halt after a hundred yards because the fuel had run out.
3. If a country grinds to a halt, all transport in it stops so people are unable to do the things they usually do. The whole country grinds to a halt after an hour's snow.
See also: grind, halt

grind your teeth

If someone grinds their teeth, they are angry about something, but do not express their anger. We journalists, who once were just like him, grind our teeth as we contemplate his success. Note: You can also talk about grinding of teeth, teeth-grinding, and tooth-grinding. There has been much grinding of teeth about what is seen by the government as the harshness of the European Community's decisions. When you are a little boy of nine, your father can seem like a hero one minute, only to cause you tooth-grinding embarrassment the next.
See also: grind, teeth

have an axe to grind

have a private, sometimes malign, motive for doing or being involved in something.
The expression originated in a story told by Benjamin Franklin and was used first in the USA, especially with reference to politics, but it is now in general use.
1997 Times I am a non-smoker, and have no personal axe to grind.
See also: axe, grind, have

grind to a halt (or come to a grinding halt)

move more and more slowly and then stop.
1999 Times Traffic is expected to grind to a halt throughout the West Country as up to a million sightseers make the trip.
See also: grind, halt

have an ˈaxe to grind

(usually used in negative sentences) have private, often selfish, reasons for being involved in something: Having no particular political axe to grind, he stood for election as an independent candidate.
See also: axe, grind, have

grind to a ˈhalt/ˈstandstill

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come to a grinding ˈhalt

stop slowly: All work on the building has ground to a halt because of a shortage of materials.Every Friday night traffic comes to a grinding halt in Hammersmith.
This idiom refers to the way a very large machine slowly stops working, with some of its parts grinding (= rubbing) together.
See also: grind, halt, standstill

grind away

v.
1. To remove something by grinding: You need to grind the spurs away with a file. The optician ground away the glass from the lens.
2. To devote oneself to study or work: She ground away at the problem. We told him to get some sleep before the exam, but he kept grinding away.
See also: away, grind

grind down

v.
1. To cause wear on something by rubbing against it, reducing its size: The jeweler ground the opals down into beautiful egg-shaped pieces. The miller ground down the wheat for the farmers.
2. To slow down, as if through a grinding action: The machine eventually ground down to a halt.
See also: down, grind

grind into

v.
1. To change the state of something to some other state by grinding: In this recipe you have to grind the rice into a fine powder.
2. To instill or teach something by persistent repetition: The instructor ground the lessons into their heads.
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grind out

v.
1. To produce mechanically or without inspiration: The factory grinds out a uniform product. I dread writing my tedious weekly reports, but I grind them out.
2. To achieve or accomplish something through determination and force: The team ground out a win. Their running game ground out 50 yards, putting them in position for a field goal. Victory seemed far off, but we managed to grind it out in the last minutes of play.
See also: grind, out

daily grind

n. the tedious pattern of daily work. (see also rat race.) Well, it’s Monday. Time to start another week of the daily grind.
See also: daily, grind

grind

in. to sell drugs. He told the cops he wasn’t grinding, but they found his junk.

axe to grind

A selfish or ulterior aim: He claimed to be disinterested, but I knew he had an axe to grind.
See also: axe, grind

grind it out

To make a persistent effort in doing something that is difficult; work at something persistently.
See also: grind, out
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