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grindverb

us   /ɡrɑɪnd/
  • grind verb (CRUSH)

[T] past tense and past participle ground /ɡrɑʊnd/ to crush a substance between hard, moving surfaces into small pieces or a powder: Every morning I go to the kitchen and grind some coffee. Add a teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.
  • grind verb (RUB)

[T] past tense and past participle ground /ɡrɑʊnd/ to rub an object against a hard surface in order to make it sharper, thinner, or smoother: Laborers grind and shape steel bars into decorative fences.
[T] past tense and past participle ground /ɡrɑʊnd/ If you grind two sets of objects, you press and rub them together in a way that makes an unpleasant noise: Ursula grinds her teeth at night.

grindnoun [U]

us   /ɡrɑɪnd/ infml
  • grind noun [U] (ACTIVITY)

difficult or unpleasant activity that is tiring or repeated too often: Karen came to the hotel for a rest from the daily grind.
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"grind" in British English

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grindverb [T]

uk   /ɡraɪnd/ us   /ɡraɪnd/ ground, ground
  • grind verb [T] (RUB)

to rub something against a hard surface, in order to make it sharper or smoother: She has a set of chef's knives that she grinds every week. He ground down the sharp metal edges to make them smooth. The car engine was making a strange grinding noise.
See also
grind your teeth
to make a noise by rubbing your teeth together: She grinds her teeth in her sleep.

grindnoun [S]

uk   /ɡraɪnd/ us   /ɡraɪnd/ informal
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grindnoun [S]

uk   /ɡraɪnd/ us   informal
a difficult or boring activity that needs a lot of effort: He recalls the grind of working his day job and then in a bar at night.
the daily grind
employment, especially when this consists of boring activities: The recession has driven many would-be-retirees back to the daily grind.

grindverb [T]

uk   /ɡraɪnd/ us   ground, ground
grind to a halt/standstill
to stop gradually: Business ground to a standstill during the bad weather.
(Definition of grind from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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