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Grub Street

a street in London, England: formerly inhabited by many impoverished minor writers and literary hacks; now called Milton Street.
petty and needy authors, or literary hacks, collectively. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • How your promptitude tells of a long intimacy with Grub Street!

  • Above these shops resided the Grub Street gentry of the period.

    The Book-Hunter in London William Roberts
  • We have only a Grub Street paper of it, but I believe it is true.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • Since Dunkirk has been in our hands, Grub Street has been very fruitful.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • Pdfr has writ five or six Grub Street papers this last week.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • But maybe you heard this already; for there was a Grub Street of it.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • They are not like Grub Street authors, who write for bread, and are paid by the sheet.

    Table-Talk William Hazlitt
  • No doubt the critics and Grub Street hacks of the day gave him provocation.

    The Age of Pope John Dennis
  • He took the road which would lead him to Moorfields and Grub Street.

    Madame Flirt Charles E. Pearce
  • He was not unacquainted with some of the Grub Street scribblers.

    Madame Flirt Charles E. Pearce
British Dictionary definitions for Grub Street

Grub Street

a former street in London frequented by literary hacks and needy authors
the world or class of literary hacks, etc
(sometimes not capital) relating to or characteristic of hack literature
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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