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: one that grinds
: a machine or device for grinding
: submarine sense 2
: an athlete who succeeds through hard work and determination rather than exceptional skill
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Cuban sandwich, hero, hoagie (also hoagy), Italian sandwich, poʼboy (also poor boy), sub, submarine, torpedo
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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
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: a person or thing that grinds something
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