organ-grinder

noun
or·​gan-grind·​er | \ ˈȯr-gən-ˌgrīn-dər How to pronounce organ-grinder (audio) \

Definition of organ-grinder

: one that cranks a hand organ especially : a street musician who operates a barrel organ

First Known Use of organ-grinder

1781, in the meaning defined above

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“Organ-grinder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/organ-grinder. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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organ-grinder

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English Language Learners Definition of organ-grinder

: a musician who plays a barrel organ in a public place for money

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