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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Before I begin my harum-scarum day-- grinding away at those books and instruments and then galloping up hill and down dale, all the country round, like a highwayman--it does me so much good to come and have a steady walk with our comfortable friend, that here I am again!"
"But I enjoy a test where it's just grinding away at you all day, you never get to switch off.
AFTER 50 years of grinding away at a variety of hard jobs in the private sector, the last thing I need is people like the Bishop of Cov Cocksworth and Dave Nellist coming out of their ivory towers to tell me who I should and should not listen to - this time the EDL.
"When I think of Paul I think of perseverance and the fact just keeps grinding away at it.
Critics accuse government of grinding away at projects slowly and expensively, for example, Boston's notorious $14.8 billion Big Dig.
It's hard not to agree with her sentiments, but they'd have had more clout if Selina was grinding away at the coal face of broadcasting.
It actually is easy to pick up the slightest amount of grit grinding away at a bearing race or a pump experiencing subtle cavitations.