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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 for (something)

1. To search in the ground for something, often food, as by digging or scratching. The pigs are always grubbing for scraps.
2. To try to obtain something through brazen begging and pleading. Every time the CEO comes to our office, employees start grubbing for her time and attention, in the hope of being noticed.
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grub up

To search in the ground for something, often food, as by digging or scratching. The pigs are thrilled when they can grub up some scraps.
See also: grub, up

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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As to "reduction," the board had to determine if the parties agreed to the "elimination" of clearing, grubbing, soil retention matting, and a quantity of excavating.
Catel recognized that some clearing, grubbing, and excavating would be necessary.
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Members of the Agriculture Committee agreed by a large majority that the grubbing policy could not be the cornerstone of the reform.
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However, the commissioner's proposals, focusing heavily on grubbing [digging up the roots of vines], are strongly criticised by producer countries, as evident in the work of EU experts.
Ioannis Gklavakis (EPP-ED, EL) suggested that the grubbing programme will above all permit non-EU countries to increase their sales on the EU market with no positive impact on prices and with the entire sector affected.