noun, Southern U.S.


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    noun phrase A show that runs continuously [1930s+ Carnival; probably because the show grinds along like a machine]

  • Grind something out

    verb phrase To produce or make something, esp with uninspired precision or long and painful effort: They sat down and ground the script out in two days/ They just grind them out ten a day (1940s+)

  • Grindstone

    [grahynd-stohn] /ˈgraɪndˌstoʊn/ noun 1. a rotating solid stone wheel used for sharpening, shaping, etc. 2. a millstone. Idioms 3. keep / put one’s nose to the grindstone, to work, study, or practice hard and steadily or to cause someone to do so: If I put my nose to the grindstone, I’ll finish the job this […]

  • Grind to a halt

    Also, come to a grinding halt. Gradually come to a standstill or end. For example, Once the funding stopped, the refurbishing project ground to a halt, or She’s come to a grinding halt with that book she’s writing. This expression alludes to a clogged engine that gradually stops or a ship that runs aground.

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