- 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.
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Examples from the Web for grub street
Grub-street: famous in English literature as the home of poor writers.Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Are authors now what authors were in the days of Grub-street?
An anecdote of the times is preserved in “The Memoirs of Grub-street,” vol.
Even the “Grub-street Journal” had its jest on his appointment to the laureateship.
He served as a publisher's hack and he knew from personal experience the woes of Grub-street writers.Comfort Found in Good Old Books
George Hamlin Fitch
- 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