grunt

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grunt

1. slang One who 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. slang A common soldier, typically of the infantry. Come on, grunts, get in formation!
3. slang A wrestler. I never expected my son to grow up to be some grunt in a wrestling ring.
4. slang A diligent, industrious student. I'm confident she'll get an A in this class—she's one of the grunts.
5. slang A burp. My goodness, Tommy, that was a loud grunt!

grunt out

To say something in a labored or brusque manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "grunt" and "out." Luckily, the patient managed to grunt out her symptoms before collapsing. The boss grunted her coffee order out, and I sent my intern to fetch it.
See also: grunt, out

grunt work

Work that is menial and often tedious. 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
References in classic literature ?
Bredin paid him his eighteen shillings with a grunt, and Paul walked out of the restaurant a masterless man.
Henry acknowledged receipt of the information with a grunt that slid into a snore as he drifted back into sleep.
Now I'm the one who never heads to the treestand without a grunt tube, and rarely without a set of antlers.
I finally yelled a grunt with my voice to get him to look my way.
The bales arrived first class to the third, awaiting a grunt who chucked them at two specialized grunts, known as stackers.
The best way is to take a deck cooler and have a bottom layer of ice, start a grunt layer then throw some ice on them and just build your layers.
Research leader Scott Sinnett said: "When the video clips did have a grunt, the par-ticipants were not only slower to react but they had lower accuracy levels.
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.
The first time I had a go with a grunt tube, I coaxed a spike to within bow range.
He said: "We have turned to becoming a grunt culture - that is why I felt that it was important to highlight the language in films."
"But I thought two weeks ago was the absolute final deadline," said a grunt.
The idea of an officer remaining in the same position for many years helps to perpetuate the concept of a "grunt." While the term sounds derogatory in nature, a grunt is simply one who delivers the goods.(3) In fact, the grunts of the organization determine the success or failure of the department.
Thus, one expects size (WEIGHT) to be positively related to the probability of being a grunt. Two, unlike Cadmus' warriors, NHL grunts do not emerge ready-made, so that their role in the junior and minor professional leagues - essentially the kind of apprenticeship they serve - is an indicator of their NHL role.
A qualified interest is a right to receive fixed annuity payments at least annually (a GRANT), or a right to receive, at least annually, annuity payments that are a fixed percentage of the trust's assets revalued annually on the anniversary of the trust's creation (a GRUNT), or any noncontingent remainder interest if all other interests in the trust are GRANTS or GRUNTS.
Calls' Grunt-Snort-Wheeze is a grunt call with a removable snort-wheeze call.