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To search, especially in a clumsy and unmethodical manner
“In these ruins, we used to grub about for arrowheads, ancient beads, and other things.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
To search unsystematically and untidily through something
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To grope around with one's fingers to find, collect, or hold on to something
To dig a hole into the ground or something solid
To place, lay or set firmly in surrounding matter
Plural for food, or anything that is generally edible
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“I grabbed some grub and found a seat, settling in for a three-hour seminar on fundraising.”
Plural for the larva of an insect, especially a beetle
“An egg hatches and a grub emerges, which bores its way into the wood by eating the wood and excreting the wood in the form of pellets or dust.”
Plural for a person consigned to drudge work
“It wasn't my responsibility to check whether or not the books actually existed. That would be the fortunate job of some other low-paid grub.”
Plural for an overly studious or intellectual person
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