Grub Street

Grub Street
Grub Grub, n. 1. (Zo["o]l.) The larva of an insect, especially of a beetle; -- called also {grubworm}. See Illust. of {Goldsmith beetle}, under {Goldsmith}. [1913 Webster]

Yet your butterfly was a grub. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A short, thick man; a dwarf. [Obs.] --Carew. [1913 Webster]

3. Victuals; food. [Slang] --Halliwell. [1913 Webster]

{Grub ax} or {Grub axe}, a kind of mattock used in grubbing up roots, etc.

{Grub breaker}. Same as {Grub hook} (below).

{Grub hoe}, a heavy hoe for grubbing.

{Grub hook}, a plowlike implement for uprooting stumps, breaking roots, etc.

{Grub saw}, a handsaw used for sawing marble.

{Grub Street}, a street in London (now called {Milton Street}), described by Dr. Johnson as ``much inhabited by writers of small histories, dictionaries, and temporary poems, whence any mean production is called grubstreet.'' As an adjective, suitable to, or resembling the production of, Grub Street. [1913 Webster]

I 'd sooner ballads write, and grubstreet lays. --Gap. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • grub-street — Grub Street, 1. a former street in London, where struggling writers lived (now caed Milton Street). 2. writers who write merely to earn money; hack writers: »He [Balzac] served a long apprenticeship in the labyrinth of Grub Street (Listener).… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Grub Street — Grub′ Street n. 1) geg a street in London formerly inhabited by impoverished writers and literary hacks 2) lit. literary hacks collectively …   From formal English to slang

  • Grub Street — Until the early 1800s, Grub Street was the name of a street in London s impoverished Moorfields district. In the 1700s and 1800s, the street was famous for its concentration of mediocre, impoverished hack writers , aspiring poets, and low end… …   Wikipedia

  • Grub Street — n. (often attrib.) the world or class of literary hacks and impoverished authors. Etymology: name of a street (later Milton St.) in Moorgate, London, inhabited by these in the 17th c. * * * noun the world of literary hacks • Hypernyms: ↑world,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Grub Street — 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. * * * ▪ literary hacks       the world of literary… …   Universalium

  • Grub Street — 51°31′13″N 0°05′27″O / 51.52028, 0.09083 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Grub Street —    See Milton Street.    Not properly Grub Street any further than the Post and Chain ; the other part in the Freedom or Liberty of the City is called Grape Street (W. Stow, 1722) …   Dictionary of London

  • Grub Street — noun Etymology: Grub Street, London, formerly inhabited by literary hacks Date: 1630 the world or category of needy literary hacks …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Grub Street — noun the home or state of impoverished writers and literary hacks Upon the occaision of his first publication he quit his day job, only to find that Grub Street wasnt lined with manors and villas but hovels and slums …   Wiktionary

  • Grub Street — noun the world or class of impoverished journalists and writers. Origin the name of a street (later Milton Street) in London inhabited by such writers in the 17th cent …   English new terms dictionary

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