organ grinder


noun

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

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Origin of organ grinder

First recorded in 1800–10
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British Dictionary definitions for organ grinder

organ-grinder

noun

a street musician playing a hand organ for money
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