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grunt

1. One is servile, often due to lacking power or prestige in a particular setting. Get one of those grunts to do all this filing for you.
2. A foot soldier. Come on, grunts, get in formation!
3. A wrestler. I never expected my son to grow up to be some grunt in a wrestling ring.
4. A diligent, industrious student. I'm confident she'll get an A in this class—she's one of the grunts.
5. A burp. Tommy, it's impolite to grunt so loudly after a meal!

grunt work

Boring, tiresome tasks or activities. Get one of those interns to do this grunt work—that's what they're here for!
See also: grunt, work

grunt something out

to say something with a snort or grunt. Jane grunted a command out to someone. She grunted out a curt command and the gate opened.
See also: grunt, out

grunt work

Fig. work that is menial and thankless. During the summer, I earned money doing grunt work. I did all of the grunt work on the project, but my boss got all of the credit.
See also: grunt, work

grunt

(grənt)
1. n. an infantry soldier. (Military. From the gutteral sound made by a pig, and anyone doing very heavy labor.) Get those grunts out on the field at sunrise!
2. n. a low-ranking or subservient person. (Someone who is likely to utter a grunt because of the discomforts of menial labor.) Let’s hire a grunt to do this kind of work.
3. n. a belch. Does that grunt mean you like my cooking?
4. n. a hardworking student. The grunts got Bs on the test. It was that hard!
5. n. a wrestler. (Possibly in reference to a grunting pig.) Two big grunts wearing outlandish costumes performed for the television cameras.

grunt work

and shit work
n. hard, menial labor; tedious work. (Work that a lesser person ought to be doing.) Who is supposed to do the grunt work around here? Not me! Why am I always doing the shit work?
See also: grunt, work
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I grunted and the buck turned and came straight to me.
Most bucks I have called into bow range were 60 to 80 yards away when I first grunted.
When I grunted with my call, he laid his ears straight back against his neck, but he didn't stop or look my way.
As he walked into the opening, I grunted with my mouth.
Players have grunted about practice, games, opponents, NFL rules, their college teams, and off-field topics.
Maria Sharapova grunted her way into the Wimbledon final
FURIOUS tennis fans voiced their anger at Queen of screams Maria Sharapova after she deafeningly grunted her way to victory over Britain's Laura Robson.
As the thin line of daylight first appeared on the horizon, a bull grunted from up the hill.
I set up to shoot slightly ahead of Doug, and as the bull got closer, Doug grunted softly and lightly raked a willow.
I've always grunted a lot, ever since I first picked up a racket at the age of four," said Sharapova.
Two years ago, I rattled in seven different bucks in one sit, and every time I grunted I had a buck come in.
When the buck disappeared from sight, Neal hung his bow up, said a quick prayer that somehow the buck would return and grunted a couple more times.
I once grunted in a P&Y deer in Missouri in conjunction with a decoy, and by the time he'd stalked into range, the buck was so angry that he charged the decoy without hesitation and literally blew it to pieces
A BODY-BUILDER grunted with "pleasure" as he plunged a knife into the chest of a man screaming for mercy.
I grunted with my mouth and carried a handful of screw-in tree steps, a knife and a pull up rope.