grind away

phrasal verb

ground away; grinding away; grinds away
1
: to work or study in a steady, determined way
She was grinding away at her studies.
2
: to remove (a part of something) by rubbing something rough against it
He uses a special tool to grind away the stone.

Examples of grind away in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While Americans grind away at work and manage their busy schedules, the French are doing the opposite. Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 20 June 2024 Virtual sports had players wearing virtual-reality headsets for taekwondo or grinding away on stationary bikes for cycling. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2024 Find another idol the next day, win another challenge, keep grinding away. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 24 Apr. 2024 Asian American professionals are experiencing historic prosperity and wealth, but Asian American communities are ground away by gentrification. Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2024 Just as many are a byproduct of grinding away at a regular, albeit high-earning, job for enough years. Amy X. Wang, New York Times, 7 May 2024 But the humor concealed a relentless dedication that could mean long hours grinding away at stories and challenging sources and story subjects to get at the truth, Morrissey and Herald colleagues recalled. Sarah Moreno, Miami Herald, 13 Apr. 2024 Instead of grinding away with mechanical drills, scientists use a gyrotron—a specialized high-frequency microwave-beam generator—to open holes in slabs of hard rock. IEEE Spectrum, 12 Mar. 2024 The room offers windows that don’t open, and with that many sweaty bodies grinding away, the humidity was stifling. John Meyers, in his fifth season as head coach following Wayne Branstetter’s 40-year run, isn’t easily satisfied. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Jan. 2024

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“Grind away.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grind%20away. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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