grub for

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 for

v.
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.
See also: grub
References in classic literature ?
Grub for Selkirk--you think um plenty dog-grub stop Selkirk?
If there's going to be a famine, and it looks like it, we need every ounce of grub for ourselves.
And further, the police had arranged in two or three places deposits of grub for dog and man, and he was travelling light.
Not enough fruit and veg, not enough grub for young men, not enough choice and variety.
Virgin say their beef sannies are posh grub for posh people in the first-class and standard class can only have egg, ham, cheese or BLT.