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grub

noun uk   /ɡrʌb/ us  

grub noun (INSECT)

[C] an insect in the stage when it has just come out of its egg: A grub looks like a short, fat worm.

grub noun (FOOD)

[U] informal food: They do really good grub in our local pub.

grub

verb uk   /ɡrʌb/ (-bb-) us  

grub verb (SEARCH)

[I usually + adv/prep] to search for something by digging or turning over earth: The dog was grubbing around/about in the mud for a bone.

grub verb (TAKE)

[T usually + adv/prep] US slang to ask someone for something without intending to pay for it: Could I grub a cigarette off you?
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