Where none were rich, and all had to hustle, the “grafter” was respected.
Call the man a thief and grafter if you will, but the laws of centuries protect him.
There he is hailed as a good brother by his fellow members, many of whom are as great, if not as successful, a grafter as he is.
If the man becomes a grafter or thief, the President is attacked by the opposition.
She was never an adventuress, never a grafter, never a climber.
The cions are all whittled before the grafter enters the tree.
There were many grafts in that prison, as I was to learn; and I, too, was destined to become a grafter—thanks to my new pal.
The church is fighting the Devil, the law is fighting the grafter.
Yes, it's that kind of a book—so much down in advance to the grafter Press.
The Slav now has some political power; but as yet he has not produced the grafter.
"shoot inserted into another plant," late 15c. alteration of Middle English graff (late 14c.), from Old French graife "grafting knife, carving tool, stylus," from Latin graphium "stylus," from Greek grapheion "stylus," from graphein "to write" (see -graphy). So called probably on resemblance of a stylus to the pencil-shaped shoots used in grafting. The terminal -t- in the English word is not explained. Surgical sense is from 1871.
"corruption," 1865, perhaps 1859, American English, perhaps from graft (1) via British slang sense of "one's occupation" (1853), which seems to be from the word's original sense of "digging" (see graft (n.1)).
late 15c., from graft (n.1). Related: Grafted; grafting.
graft 1 (grāft)
v. graft·ed, graft·ing, grafts
To transplant or implant tissue surgically into a body part to replace a damaged part or compensate for a defect. n.
Material, especially living tissue or an organ, surgically attached to or inserted into a body part to replace a damaged part or compensate for a defect.
The procedure of implanting or transplanting such material.
The configuration or condition resulting from such a procedure.
In politics, the illegal acceptance of bribes by government officials.
the process of inoculating fruit-trees (Rom. 11:17-24). It is peculiarly appropriate to olive-trees. The union thus of branches to a stem is used to illustrate the union of true believers to the true Church.