Examples from the Web for grindstone
So they chained his hand to one arm of the grindstone and placed another prisoner at the other arm.For the Term of His Natural Life|Marcus Clarke
Run it over a pane of glass and see if it gets as hot as it does on the grindstone; if it wears down as quickly.Common Science|Carleton W. Washburne
Those noses are usually so close to the grindstone that men are afraid to raise their heads.The Junkmakers|Albert R. Teichner
Even the little Icelander; he loaded up his wagon with a keg of herrings—said they were best raw—and lumps of grindstone bread.The Mistress of Bonaventure|Harold Bindloss
You can not stew a grindstone or bring granite to porridge, and the wheat-husk is equally obstinate.The Easiest Way in Housekeeping and Cooking|Helen Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for grindstone
- a machine having a circular block of stone or composite abrasive rotated for sharpening tools or grinding metal
- the stone used in this machine
- any stone used for sharpening; whetstone
Word Origin and History for grindstone
early 13c. "millstone," from grind (v.) in sense of "sharpen" + stone (n.); meaning "revolving stone disc used for sharpening, etc." is from c.1400. Phrase nose to the grindstone in use by 1530s; originally to get control of another and treat him harshly:
This Text holdeth their noses so hard to the grindstone, that it clean disfigureth their Faces. [John Frith, "Mirror to know Thyself," 1532]
The main modern (reflective) sense of "work hard" is from 1828.
Idioms and Phrases with grindstone
see nose to the grindstone.