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grunt

1. slang One who is servile, often due to lacking power or prestige in a particular setting. Get one of those grunts to do all this filing for you.
2. slang A common soldier, typically of the infantry. Come on, grunts, get in formation!
3. slang A wrestler. I never expected my son to grow up to be some grunt in a wrestling ring.
4. slang A diligent, industrious student. I'm confident she'll get an A in this class—she's one of the grunts.
5. slang A burp. My goodness, Tommy, that was a loud grunt!

grunt work

Work that is menial and often tedious. Get one of those interns to do this grunt work—that's what they're here for!
See also: grunt, work

grunt out

To say something in a labored or brusque manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "grunt" and "out." Luckily, the patient managed to grunt out her symptoms before collapsing. The boss grunted her coffee order out, and I sent my intern to fetch it.
See also: grunt, out

grunt something out

to say something with a snort or grunt. Jane grunted a command out to someone. She grunted out a curt command and the gate opened.
See also: grunt, out

grunt work

Fig. work that is menial and thankless. During the summer, I earned money doing grunt work. I did all of the grunt work on the project, but my boss got all of the credit.
See also: grunt, work

grunt

(grənt)
1. n. an infantry soldier. (Military. From the gutteral sound made by a pig, and anyone doing very heavy labor.) Get those grunts out on the field at sunrise!
2. n. a low-ranking or subservient person. (Someone who is likely to utter a grunt because of the discomforts of menial labor.) Let’s hire a grunt to do this kind of work.
3. n. a belch. Does that grunt mean you like my cooking?
4. n. a hardworking student. The grunts got Bs on the test. It was that hard!
5. n. a wrestler. (Possibly in reference to a grunting pig.) Two big grunts wearing outlandish costumes performed for the television cameras.

grunt work

and shit work
n. hard, menial labor; tedious work. (Work that a lesser person ought to be doing.) Who is supposed to do the grunt work around here? Not me! Why am I always doing the shit work?
See also: grunt, work
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But then, as they turned at an intersection to go down another trail, I imagined myself as an angry buck and grunted with my Jones Grunt Call.
As soon as he stepped into my shooting lane I grunted and he stopped in his tracks.
If it worked, the buck would become the fifth I had grunted into bow range during the past several years.
I grunted and the buck turned and came straight to me.
Guide Garry Thoms bull grunted and used a small shed moose antler to rake trees.
Sure, deer hunters have rattled, even grunted for a good long time, but only recently have hunters began to understand why these methods occasionally work (other times proving a dismal failure), and why more basic calls can oftentimes bring more steady results.
I grunted and he stopped to look but started moving away again.
I eased my grunt call up, leaving the end of the tube inside my parka to muffle the sound and grunted several times.
I probably grunted a total of four times at him-all fairly loud.
Grabbing my grunt call, I grunted at the doe to stop her.
He was just out of bow range, so I grunted twice at him, and he came in to 38 yards, broadside.