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grind away

1. To remove by grinding or pulverizing. You need to grind away these imperfections.
2. To frequently nag or disparage someone. Will you quit grinding away? 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 all morning, but I still can't figure out where that discrepancy came from.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

grind something away

to remove something by grinding. Grind the bumps away and make the wall smooth. Please grind away the bumps.
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grind away (at something)

to crush something into particles continually. The machine ground away at the rocks, making tons of gravel. It ground away, making a terrible noise in the process.
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grind away

(at someone) Fig. to needle, criticize, and nag someone continually. Why are you always grinding away at me? Leave me alone. Stop grinding away!
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

grind away

v.
1. To remove something by grinding: You need to grind the spurs away with a file. The optician ground away the glass from the lens.
2. To devote oneself to study or work: She ground away at the problem. We told him to get some sleep before the exam, but he kept grinding away.
See also: away, grind
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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And can I really achieve this while constantly giving ground away at the start, running wide around the bends or making hasty, energy-draining moves?
"On good ground you have to be prominent and towards the inside because it is so sharp and so righthanded that when you get wide you give too much ground away," he explained.
The police have rightly urged supporters not to travel without one but inevitably some people will ignore their warnings and fall foul of touts charging sky high prices for a seat in a potentially dangerous part of the ground away from the rest of the Red Army.
That looks the case this year when the pace looks spread from mid-division to high, meaning those drawn in big numbers will be giving plenty of ground away to those handily ridden sorts on the rail.
Havlin dropped the winner in from her unfavourable outside draw in one, and mindful that the trainer does not like his horses to run wide and give ground away, he weaved his way through to burst past favourite Mixing into the final two furlongs and saw out the longer trip well.
The hall is prominent on high ground away to our right as we follow the track round to the right to reach a metal field gate before the public road.
Nicholls then pitched him into the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival, where he gave plenty of ground away by racing wide before closing on the leaders two out.
Of course, the Epsom Derby will hog the headlines this weekend and deservedly so, but there is plenty of action taking place elsewhere, and although quality is thin on the ground away from Epsom, Musselburgh's televised (Channel 4) action has small fields and a line-up you wouldn't mind having a good go at.
Lily's only just got back from a holiday in Jamaica and - as she necked bubbly from the bottle and ground away on the dance floor - it was like she'd never been away.
Because you give so much ground away early doors from a low draw it's virtually impossible to take this from an outside position.
Maeve's mother Bridget said: "She saw the tsunami but fortunately was on high ground away from the beach.
It was gratifying I ground away and put a score together."
And Murray, who has already turned down one offer from the London club, is determined not to give any more ground away as he holds out for a pounds 7million fee.
And, like a mill, it ground away remorselessly (throwing out chaff, day in, day out), it was powered by wind, and it was full of old bags - the blue-rinsed, 100-year-old biddies who comprised the studio audience, and had only turned up because it was raining outside and the public library was closed.