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 — New Republic 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 — Saturday Review
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