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Examples from the Web for grinder
In barrels around the grinder's edge, artillery simulators blasted away.
By now we were in a state of maximum disorientation, just trying to stay on the grinder with the others.
He is host of "The David Webb Show" on Sirius XM Patriot and “The Grinder” business talk show on AM 970 New York City.
Put the paste, back in the grinder or in the mortar, grind or pound again, then filter again with another third of the water.The Italian Cook Book|Maria Gentile
My duties at the office of Stillwell, Grinder & Co. were varied.The Last Cruise of the Spitfire|Edward Stratemeyer
Walter Carew's wife would scarcely have sought out the Grinder's daughter for her friend and bosom companion.Sir Jasper Carew|Charles James Lever
My uncle came along and began to sharpen a scythe on the grinder and I was turnin' it for him.Mitch Miller|Edgar Lee Masters
A grinder, on the contrary, is one who ‘grinds’ or reads with an unusual degree of application.The Scarlet Gown|R. F. Murray
British Dictionary definitions for grinder
Word Origin and History for grinder
Old English grindere "one who grinds (grain);" agent noun from grind (v.). Meaning "molar tooth" is late 14c. (Old English had grindetoð). Meaning "machine for milling" is from 1660s; of persons, from late 15c. Large sandwich sense is from 1954, though the exact signification is uncertain (perhaps from the amount of chewing required to eat one).