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Related to grunts: roars, chatters

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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For instance, a group of late-season bucks feeding in a small food plot may jockey for the best chow, and body language along with buck grunts is how they carry out the hierarchy in a peaceful manner.
In soccer, for example, the poor soul in a defensive wall who forgets to cover his delicate bits as he stops a particularly hard free-kick might proffer a grunt as his eyes crossed and glazed over during the slow crumple to the turf.
A third set of grunts responded farther up the trail.
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Far above the grunts was a category known as the higherups.
The weighted lines were dropped to the bottom, where the baits were pounced on by grunts.
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I have heard the darndest sounds come from real deer--anywhere from long, 20-second, low grunts to noises that would better come from a pig lot.
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