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1. A student who is intently and primarily focused on getting good grades. I know some of the kids in my class are just grade-grubbers—anxious to get an A above all else.
2. A student who tries to persuade the teacher to change their grade, as through flattery or questioning. He only complimented your outfit because he's a grade-grubber who wants you to turn his B into an A. All the grade-grubbers are saying that I misled them with how I worded one of the questions on the test, ugh.
slang Someone who obsessively and aggressively attempts to accumulate something. Tom's always been a bit of a money-grubber—he'd sell his own mother if it meant a bit more profit. He only complimented your outfit because he's a grade-grubber who wants you to turn his B into an A.
Someone who obsessively and aggressively attempts to accumulate, hoard, and protect their money. Tom's always been a bit of a money-grubber—he'd sell his own mother if it meant a bit more profit. These fat-cat CEOs are such money-grubbers—they don't give a damn about their customers, so long as their pockets are lined.
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1. n. an earnest, hardworking student. (In the way a pig roots or grubs around for food.) If there are too many grade-grubbers in a class, it will really throw off the grading scale.
2. n. a student who flatters the teacher in hopes of a higher grade. A few grade-grubbers help assure old professors that the world is not really changing at all.
n. a stingy person. The boss is such a money grubber. He still has his first paper clip.
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