- an itinerant street musician who earns a living by playing a hand organ or hurdy-gurdy.
Origin of organ grinder
First recorded in 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for organ-grinder
But what if the organ-grinder should really prove to be dead?
The organ-grinder, after his day's crime, plays his accursed machine for love.
The organ-grinder at the gate fenced his beast with one arm as Jimmy-talked.
In the centre of it all stands the organ-grinder, swarthy and black-haired.Jersey Street and Jersey Lane
H. C. Bunner
He, with as much ear for music as an organ-grinder's monkey!The Belovd Vagabond
William J. Locke
- a street musician playing a hand organ for money
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