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Grub Street

1. Literally, the street in London that was home to impoverished writers with little talent in the 17th century. Although this course will certainly focus on the classics, we will also read several works from the authors of Grub Street, to get a better sense of the time period as a whole.
2. A derisive term used to describe impoverished writers with little talent. Don't read trash written by Grub Street hacks—enrich your mind with the classics instead!
See also: grub, street

grub for (something)

1. To search in the ground for something, often food, as by digging or scratching. The pigs are always grubbing for scraps.
2. To try to obtain something through brazen begging and pleading. Every time the CEO comes to our office, employees start grubbing for her time and attention, in the hope of being noticed.
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grub up

To search in the ground for something, often food, as by digging or scratching. The pigs are thrilled when they can grub up some scraps.
See also: grub, up


Slavish and aggressive in one's attempts to accumulate and hoard money. Tom's always been a bit money-grubbing—he'd sell his own mother if it meant a bit more profit. These money-grubbing CEOs don't give a damn about their customers' well-being, so long as they're able to keep lining their own pockets.

grub around

(for someone or something) to search around for someone or something. I went to the attic and grubbed around for my old uniform. The guys went out and grubbed around for another soccer player.
See also: around, grub

grub around (in something)

to wear old or "grubby" clothes around. I was grubbing around in my jeans when Alice showed up. I was wearing my jeans and just sort of grubbing around when she came.
See also: around, grub

grub for

1. To dig in the ground to get something out of it, especially food: The bears grubbed for beetles in the soft ground.
2. To try to achieve or get something by begging, nagging, or acting in a shameless way: The members of the city council were always grubbing for more power.
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grub up

To procure something by or as if by digging in the ground for it: The bird grubbed up some worms from under the rock.
See also: grub, up

bust a grub

tv. to eat a meal. Man, I’m starved. Let’s go bust a grub.
See also: bust, grub


1. n. working hard at one’s studies in hopes of a high grade. If all you’re here for is grade-grubbing, you’re going to miss a lot.
2. n. flattering a teacher in hopes of a higher grade. Some teachers don’t mind a lot of grade-grubbing.
3. mod. having to do with students who are only concerned with getting high grades. Two grade-grubbing seniors came in and begged me to change their grades.


1. n. food. Hey, this grub’s pretty good.
2. and grub up in. to eat [a meal]. Let’s grub up and get going.
3. tv. to eat something; to eat a meal. Are you going to grub that whole pizza?
4. n. an earnest student. (see also grade-grubber.) The test was so hard, even the grubs did poorly.
5. n. a sloppy person. (From grub worm.) Don is such a grub all the time.
6. Go to grubbies.

grub up

See grub
See also: grub, up

grub on something

in. to eat something. What are you grubbing on? It looks horrible.
See also: grub, on, something


and grubbers and grubs (ˈgrəbiz and ˈgrəbɚz and grəbz)
n. worn-out clothing; clothing one wears for the occasional dirty job. There I was, running around in my grubs when the senator stops by to say hello! It’s time to wash these grubbies.
See also: grubby


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In most cases I'm searching structure, so if the grub never touches bottom, I slow down, feed more line out, or try a heavier jighead.
Grub Kitchen will offer a taster menu and a daytime menu with nibbles, sandwiches and cakes.
Each and every hotel is different, according to Grub, even if it is the same hotel brand, even if it is just a kilometre down the road; each hotel may have different owners, a different decor, a different set up.
Not that Grub, who serves as area manager for Dubai for the Sheraton's parent firm Starwood, begrudges the skyscrapers and beach resorts their moment in the spotlight -- after all, when the Sheraton building opened in 1978, he says, it was then the tallest building in Dubai.
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Grub, area manager Dubai for Starwood Hotels and Resorts and GM at Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers, missed out on the so-called boom days of Dubai when he took up his role in the ill-fated year of 2009.
Grub believes that with the right partner and location, Dubai could soon be home to St.
White grub feeding habits vary depending on the species.
The reason I am writing is to let you know of a great organization called GRuB (Garden Raised Bounty) out of Olympia, Washington.
After encountering a grub, and infecting it, the nematodes release symbiotic bacteria that render the pest's tissues into a kind of slurry, which the nematodes then eat.
OFFICIALS at Epsom have been forced to abandon the 5f race due to take place at their meeting next Saturday after a chafer grub infestation took hold on the five-furlong chute - a year after an identical infestation struck the course, writes Tom Kerr.
The female wasps lay their eggs in the developing acorns and when they hatch the emerging grub begins to feed on the surrounding tissue.
ash, mean good grub, lots of tasks; rust, shingle grit, urine and tears,