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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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In contrast, former world number one Martina Navratilova has complained that grunting masks the sound of the racket striking the ball, making it - unfairly - harder to predict the ball's trajectory.
Then later when I am watching videos of my matches, I say 'seriously, is that me?' I am in shock as the grunting is really, really a high pitch.
7.26am: Grunting turns to gagging as she stuffs the toast into her mouth and promptly sicks it back out.
Evert stopped short of labelling grunting cheating But she is concerned it is becoming a tactic to win critical points.
But while she kept the lid on the grunting and groaning which has been the talk of tennis she insisted: "Nobody can tell me to stop grunting.
to study worm grunting. In April he attended the 2008 Sopchoppy Worm Gruntin' Festival, where he met Gary and Audrey Revell.
It's as if the desire behind the great, grunting labor were stripped of an object, rendered futile, so that all that remained was the thankless travail.
'Dechy told the umpire I was grunting and she didn't like it but it is an automatic reaction, you know.
It's a warning bucks use to say, 'stay away or we are going to fight.' I followed that with some grunting and the grunt-snort-wheeze again to try and paint a scene of two bucks meeting and getting ready to fight.
Curious about his grunting, she listened again to recordings collected from other babies.
If a buck ignores my grunting, I may try a snort-wheeze to entice a response.
Grunting doesn't need to be elaborate or have a certain sequence.
Johannesburg, Jan 25 ( ANI ): Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has slammed world number one Rafael Nadal's loud grunting and slow play after he was defeated at the hands of his aggressive opponent at the Australian Open semi-finals on Friday.