grind (something) to (something)

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grind (something) to (something)

To pulverize something into a particular state. My daughter has a hard time swallowing pills, so I grind her antihistamine tablets to a fine powder and put them in her yogurt.
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grind something to something

to keep grinding something until it is something. I ground the fennel seeds to a powder and threw them in the simmering sauce. The wheels of the cars, trucks, and buses had ground the football to a broken mass.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The ground to the right- along the course of the Kolocha and Moskva rivers- was broken and hilly.
He has not a good length, but he varies his action bewilderingly, and has one especially teasing ball which falls from the branches just as you have stepped out of your ground to look for it.
Shabbir had been granted orders by the court of taking back National ground possession but MCI/CDA is not in mood of abiding the court orders and for last three days, the MCI/CDA have locked down the ground and deputed around 20 to 25 MCI/CDA staffers inside the ground to stop the cricketers of clubs, who were practising at the venue.
At this time cricketers do not have any standard ground to play, sports particularly cricket facilities, are not sufficient and more grounds are needed though Akbari ground, Mehran Ground, Sports Complex Qasimabad and various college grounds are being utilised for practice and matches, he said.
Water filtering through the ground might have dissolved some of the cracked rocks' rough edges, permitting the ground to settle.
"This development partnership is grounded in our philosophy of 'Putting people first,' and I am pleased that we could serve as the conduit for Common Ground to acquire the funding," George L.
It ain't the same ball game when you're in a helo trying to make it into an LZ without the benefit of having somebody on the ground to put up a windsock before you arrive.
This brings us to one of the most common uses of grounds: providing a "true" zero voltage for current coming from extraneous sources, to allow the current to flow to ground to complete the circuit.
By isolating the PHY chip, there is no direct (low resistance) connection of the local ground to the bus ground.
Subsequently, in the same part chucking, a nongaged flange diameter is ground to precision size tolerances ([+ or -]0.000 15[inches]).
make sure the screw that clamps the copper equipment ground to the metal box is tight as well.
Provides a grinding test service to determine whether material can be ground to the required particle size at a reasonable cost, and the optimal method for achieving the particle size in production.
The rubber or rubber fiber mixture is ground to increase surface.
Kessler and Werner's computer model often needed several hundred freeze-thaw cycles for sorted patterned ground to develop from an initial random scattering of stones.
As the UN forces neared Seoul, additional enemy reinforcements and stiffening resistance slowed the advance, forcing the struggling troops on the ground to call for repeated air strikes.