grub


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Grub \Grub\ (gr[u^]b), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Grubbed (gr[u^]bd),
   p. pr. & vb. n. Grubbing.] [OE. grubbin., cf. E. grab,
   grope.]
   1. To dig in or under the ground, generally for an object
      that is difficult to reach or extricate; to be occupied in
      digging.
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   2. To drudge; to do menial work. --Richardson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Grub \Grub\, v. t.
   1. To dig; to dig up by the roots; to root out by digging; --
      followed by up; as, to grub up trees, rushes, or sedge.
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            They do not attempt to grub up the root of sin.
                                                  --Hare.
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   2. To supply with food. [Slang] --Dickens.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Grub \Grub\, n.
   1. (Zool.) The larva of an insect, especially of a beetle; --
      called also grubworm. See Illust. of Goldsmith beetle,
      under Goldsmith.
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            Yet your butterfly was a grub.        --Shak.
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   2. A short, thick man; a dwarf. [Obs.] --Carew.
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   3. Victuals; food. [Slang] --Halliwell.
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   Grub ax or Grub axe, a kind of mattock used in grubbing
      up roots, etc.

   Grub breaker. Same as Grub hook (below).

   Grub hoe, a heavy hoe for grubbing.

   Grub hook, a plowlike implement for uprooting stumps,
      breaking roots, etc.

   Grub saw, a handsaw used for sawing marble.

   Grub Street, a street in London (now called {Milton
      Street}), described by Dr. Johnson as "much inhabited by
      writers of small histories, dictionaries, and temporary
      poems, whence any mean production is called grubstreet."
      As an adjective, suitable to, or resembling the production
      of, Grub Street.
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            I 'd sooner ballads write, and grubstreet lays.
                                                  --Gap.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sneak \Sneak\, n.
   1. A mean, sneaking fellow.
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            A set of simpletons and superstitious sneaks.
                                                  --Glanvill.
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   2. (Cricket) A ball bowled so as to roll along the ground; --
      called also grub. [Cant] --R. A. Proctor.
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