Grub-street



[gruhb-street] /ˈgrʌbˌstrit/

adjective
1.
produced by a hack; poor in quality:
a grubstreet book.
noun
2.
(def 2).
noun
1.
a street in London, England: formerly inhabited by many impoverished minor writers and literary hacks; now called Milton Street.
2.
petty and needy authors, or literary hacks, collectively.
noun
1.
a former street in London frequented by literary hacks and needy authors
2.
the world or class of literary hacks, etc
adjective
3.
(sometimes not capital) relating to or characteristic of hack literature

1620s, “originally the name of a street in Moorfields in London, much inhabited by writers of small histories, dictionaries, and temporary poems; whence any mean production is called grubstreet” [Johnson]. Name changed 1830 to Milton Street (after a local developer) then erased entirely 1970s by the Barbicon complex.

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