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English definition of “grind the faces of the poor”

grind the faces of the poor

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Someone who grinds the faces of the poor, treats poor people very badly, often to get money from them.Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
(Definition of grind the faces of the poor from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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