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Grub Street

1. Literally, the street in London that was home to impoverished writers with little talent in the 17th century. Although this course will certainly focus on the classics, we will also read several works from the authors of Grub Street, to get a better sense of the time period as a whole.
2. A derisive term used to describe impoverished writers with little talent. Don't read trash written by Grub Street hacks—enrich your mind with the classics instead!
See also: grub, street

grub around

(for someone or something) to search around for someone or something. I went to the attic and grubbed around for my old uniform. The guys went out and grubbed around for another soccer player.
See also: around, grub

grub around (in something)

to wear old or "grubby" clothes around. I was grubbing around in my jeans when Alice showed up. I was wearing my jeans and just sort of grubbing around when she came.
See also: around, grub

grub for

1. To dig in the ground to get something out of it, especially food: The bears grubbed for beetles in the soft ground.
2. To try to achieve or get something by begging, nagging, or acting in a shameless way: The members of the city council were always grubbing for more power.
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grub up

To procure something by or as if by digging in the ground for it: The bird grubbed up some worms from under the rock.
See also: grub, up

bust a grub

tv. to eat a meal. Man, I’m starved. Let’s go bust a grub.
See also: bust, grub


1. n. working hard at one’s studies in hopes of a high grade. If all you’re here for is grade-grubbing, you’re going to miss a lot.
2. n. flattering a teacher in hopes of a higher grade. Some teachers don’t mind a lot of grade-grubbing.
3. mod. having to do with students who are only concerned with getting high grades. Two grade-grubbing seniors came in and begged me to change their grades.


1. n. food. Hey, this grub’s pretty good.
2. and grub up in. to eat [a meal]. Let’s grub up and get going.
3. tv. to eat something; to eat a meal. Are you going to grub that whole pizza?
4. n. an earnest student. (see also grade-grubber.) The test was so hard, even the grubs did poorly.
5. n. a sloppy person. (From grub worm.) Don is such a grub all the time.
6. Go to grubbies.

grub up

See grub
See also: grub, up

grub on something

in. to eat something. What are you grubbing on? It looks horrible.
See also: grub, on, something


and grubbers and grubs (ˈgrəbiz and ˈgrəbɚz and grəbz)
n. worn-out clothing; clothing one wears for the occasional dirty job. There I was, running around in my grubs when the senator stops by to say hello! It’s time to wash these grubbies.
See also: grubby


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Grub Kitchen will offer a taster menu and a daytime menu with nibbles, sandwiches and cakes.
Alex Ferguson, Vice President of Liverpool Guild of Students, leading on sustainable issues, said: "It's fantastic that we could work with halls' wardens and use Green Guild funding to offer grub boxes to University of Liverpool students.
The sooner that you irrigate after the area is treated, the sooner the chemical will be removed, avoiding accidental contact with pets and wildlife, and the quicker it can go to work on the grubs.
Series producer Tom Gould explained: "There is an Australiawide shortage of witchetty grubs because of the weather.
Not that Grub, who serves as area manager for Dubai for the Sheraton's parent firm Starwood, begrudges the skyscrapers and beach resorts their moment in the spotlight -- after all, when the Sheraton building opened in 1978, he says, it was then the tallest building in Dubai.
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However, during his three years in the emirate, Grub has witnessed - and delivered at the eight Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton and Le Meridien hotels he is responsible for - slow but steady improvements in hotel performance, as well as promising increases in inventory.
I believe with these systems in place, we are very competitive, regardless of which source markets," added Grub.
Initial grub weights were obtained, then 1 recently molted (<7 d old) third instar was put in a shallow depression on the soil of each of 15 pots for each turfgrass species.
But instead of fast-flying wasps or nimble-legged predatory mites, the rescuers are wormlike organisms called "nematodes," which wriggle inside the grubs and feed on them internally, killing the citrus pests in 24 to 48 hours.
The success of that treatment only becomes fully apparent at this time of the year when the grubs become active within the soil - unfortunately we became aware on Thursday of grub damage within the five-furlong chute that has caused de-stabilising of patches of turf in that area.
The female wasps lay their eggs in the developing acorns and when they hatch the emerging grub begins to feed on the surrounding tissue.
Also now available from Iceland is a six-strong Pub Grub range.
She might like her grub but I bet she spends a lot more time thinking about it than eating it.
The grub is perhaps the simplest saltwater soft plastic ever made.