meat grinder

noun

Definition of meat grinder

1 :a device for cutting meat fine
2 :something that reduces, pulverizes, or destroys: such as
a :a devastating military action or stratagem
  • the American public has watched the meat grinder in action on the Russian front, killing millions of troops
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b :a process (as an official investigation or examination) or a system that may have ruinous effect
  • if you went into public life you often put your career and your reputation in a political meat grinder
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