grind away at (someone or something)

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grind away at (someone or something)

1. To crush or pulverize something. And then this machine will grind away at all of the cans.
2. To frequently nag or disparage someone. Quit grinding away at me, will you? I'm doing the best I can!
3. To work hard on something; to dedicate oneself to some effort or task. I've been grinding away at the budget all morning, but I still can't figure out where that discrepancy came from.
See also: away, grind
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'Gentle on my skin, and I didn't need to grind away at my waterproof mascara.
So as you grind away at your daily routine, take a little time to view this new action packed thriller from the good people at CIRCA, It's Time.--Gene Shalit
THE SAND AND GRAVEL GRIND AWAY AT THE LIFTING BELT, CUTTING AND TEARING IT.
Tiny particles of dust and sand carried by the wind or water grind away at the bonds that hold the individual crystals together.