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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 work

  (American informal)
hard work that is not very interesting Her job was nothing glamorous - a lot of grunt work drafting agreements for others to sign.
See donkey work
See also: grunt, work

donkey work

  (British, American & Australian informal) also grunt work (American informal)
hard, boring work
Usage notes: In the past, donkeys were used to carry heavy loads.
Why do I have to do all the donkey work while you get to do the interesting stuff?
See also: donkey, 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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25am: I check if the grunting is munching, but it's staring at the telly with a half-chewed piece of toast in its jaws.
Also, it is my experience that curiosity is what kills the cat with grunting.
However, Nadal expressed surprise over Federer's exchange with the umpire, and said that nobody had complained about his grunting before, adding that the last thing he is thinking about while he is playing is bothering his opponent.
I started muting my TV during the match between Victoria Azerenka and Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open this year because of the grunting from the pair.
You usually hear the sound of the ball, but I couldn't really hear it because of her grunting.
Grunting The fad for grunting is nothing more than a cynical attempt to gain a competitive advantage by distracting one's opponent.
For example, if Rafael Nadal is grunting and Roger Federer is not, is that fair?
Ex-world number one Martina Navratilova is leading the call for grunting to be stamped out, with Wimbledon officials promising to take up the fight during this year's tournament.
To be fair, though, grunting does happen in other sports.
A DEFIANT Michelle Larcher De Brito has told Wimbledon she intends to carry on grunting come what may.
PORTUGUESE starlet Michelle Larcher de Brito has hit back at her critics - and vowed to carry on grunting.
The motion produces vibrations in the ground that sound like grunting noises.
Yes, the shouting, grunting Maria Sharapova is out of Wimbledon and I am delighted.
Upon my return, the grunting choir struck up at the same spot, with the last two exchanging messages.
NOver in Coulson's old haunt of Albert Square, there was a lot of grunting going on this week.