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Past tense for to search, especially in a clumsy and unmethodical manner
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“In these ruins, we used to grub about for arrowheads, ancient beads, and other things.”
Past tense for to dig or poke about, especially in soil, in search of something
“He would grub about in the ditches for monsters to put in his aquarium, and bring buckets of water of his own accord for it.”
Past tense for to apply great and continuous effort
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“Our ancestors fled halfway around the world to try and grub a living out of the forest.”
Past tense for to remove something from the earth by digging it up
“If a fence be an old bad one, grub it up and raise a new one.”
Past tense for dig a hole
Past tense for scratch or grope around with one's fingers to find, collect, or hold on to something
Past tense for search madly for
Past tense for to place, lay or set firmly in surrounding matter
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