Our economy is limping along, growing slowly—too slowly to make up much of the ground lost in the long, grinding recession.
“I was grinding myself down trying to write it, and failing,” he says.
People magazine also reported that Moore was seen “grinding on” 28-year-old 90210 star Ryan Rottman at a party.
For the past few years, we have been in a grinding recession or at best a recovery that feels like a recession.
The millions who fought on the Western Front were caught in the grinding maws of modern warfare.
I see,” said Ralph above the deafening roar of the wind and the grinding wheels, “the Night Express.
I want to take this knife, this nice, sharp knife that I have been grinding for him.
Mills for grinding flour and crushing grain have been constructed for the imperial service troops.
I saw that the step of the mast must have been torn away by grinding upon the rocks.
The hand mill for grinding grain shown in the picture is exactly the same as those in use in Palestine from the earliest times.
past participle adjective from grind (v.). Meaning "oppressive" is from 1580s. The verbal noun is from mid-14c.
Old English grindan "to rub together, grate, scrape," forgrindan "destroy by crushing" (class III strong verb; past tense grand, past participle grunden), from Proto-Germanic *grindanan (cf. Dutch grenden), related to ground, from PIE *ghrendh- "to grind" (cf. Latin frendere "to gnash the teeth," Greek khondros "corn, grain," Lithuanian grendu "to scrape, scratch"). Meaning "to make smooth or sharp by friction" is from c.1300. Most other Germanic languages use a verb cognate with Latin molere (cf. Dutch malen, Old Norse mala, German mahlen).
late 12c., "gnashing the teeth," from grind (v.). The sense "steady, hard work" first recorded 1851 in college student slang (but cf. gerund-grinder, 1710); the meaning "hard-working student" is American English slang from 1864.
grinding grind·ing (grīn'dĭng)
The pathological wearing away of tooth substance by mechanical means.
bump and grind, if you can't find 'em
(Ex. 32:20; Deut. 9:21; Judg. 16:21), to crush small (Heb. tahan); to oppress the poor (Isa. 3:5). The hand-mill was early used by the Hebrews (Num. 11:8). It consisted of two stones, the upper (Deut. 24:6; 2 Sam. 11:21) being movable and slightly concave, the lower being stationary. The grinders mentioned Eccl. 12:3 are the teeth. (See MILL.)