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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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I am in shock as the grunting is really, really a high pitch.
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Asked how Jovanovski compared with the grunting of Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka, Lisicki said: ""Grunting is part of the game, but it shouldn't be off-putting and be an advantage for the opponent, the one who is doing it.
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You never see grunting in snooker, rugby or boxing, even when women are taking part.
Ironically, Larcher De Brito voiced her stand on a day when her grunting would barely have registered on a decibel counter as she beat Klara Zakopalova 6-2 7-5 to progress to the second round.
The technique is called worm grunting, and it might seem like magic.
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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.
No surprise there - flailing and grunting and annoying All-Stars is the Fox way - except that only 10 days earlier, he couldn't beg his way off the injured list.
Dechy told the umpire I was grunting and she didn't like it but it is an automatic reaction, you know.
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.