organ grinder


noun
  1. an itinerant street musician who earns a living by playing a hand organ or hurdy-gurdy.

Origin of organ grinder

1
First recorded in 1800–10

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British Dictionary definitions for organ-grinder

organ-grinder

noun
  1. a street musician playing a hand organ for money

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