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Grub Street

noun
  1. a street in London, England: formerly inhabited by many impoverished minor writers and literary hacks; now called Milton Street.
  2. petty and needy authors, or literary hacks, collectively.
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Grub Street

noun
  1. a former street in London frequented by literary hacks and needy authors
  2. the world or class of literary hacks, etc
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adjective Also: 'Grubˌstreet
  1. (sometimes not capital) relating to or characteristic of hack literature
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