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grind

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1 a harsh grating sound
  • The grind of ice in the blender sent the cat running from the room.
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2 a person slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits
  • Don't be such a grind—go out with your friends and enjoy yourself!
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3 very hard or unpleasant work
  • Yard work is a real grind.
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4 an established and often automatic or monotonous series of actions followed when engaging in some activity
  • The daily grind of a 50-mile commute was getting old.
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work, labor, travail, toil, drudgery, grind mean activity involving effort or exertion. work may imply activity of body, of mind, of a machine, or of a natural force.
    • too tired to do any work
labor applies to physical or intellectual work involving great and often strenuous exertion.
    • farmers demanding fair compensation for their labor
travail is bookish for labor involving pain or suffering.
    • years of travail were lost when the house burned
toil implies prolonged and fatiguing labor.
    • his lot would be years of back-breaking toil
drudgery suggests dull and irksome labor.
    • an editorial job with a good deal of drudgery
grind implies labor exhausting to mind or body.
    • the grind of the assembly line

grind

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1 to make smooth by friction
  • After they are ground and polished, these stones can be used for jewelry.
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2 to press or strike against or together so as to make a scraping sound
  • Everyone in the car winced when the driver ground the gears trying to shift into second.
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3 to make sharp or sharper
  • Better grind down that ax before you try to cut down that tree.
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4 to make smooth or glossy usually by repeatedly applying surface pressure
  • He used the finest polishing paper available to grind down the facets of the diamond before dusting it with a soft cloth.
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5 to pass roughly and noisily over or against a surface
  • The boy idly ground the rock against the stone wall.
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6 to reduce to fine particles
  • Grind whole coffee beans if you want the freshest coffee.
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