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parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the slow-moving, wormlike larva of a beetle or similar insect.
Grubs resemble plump worms and are eaten by many species of animals.
definition 2: a tedious, dull person.
Why do you want to hang around with those grubs?
definition 3: (slang) food.
I'm going to the store to get some grub.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: grubs, grubbing, grubbed
definition 1: to dig, esp. to remove things such as rocks or roots from.
We grubbed the soil before starting to plant.
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definition 2: to dig up by the roots (often fol. by "out" or "up").
We grubbed the weeds out of the garden.
similar words:
eradicate, root
definition 3: (slang) to get by importuning.
He grubbed a ride with us.
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to dig in the soil or to search as by digging.
The raccoons had grubbed through the garbage that night.
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definition 2: to engage in an arduous or tedious task; drudge.
I've been grubbing all morning trying to clean the basement.
similar words:
drudge, labor, moil, plod, slave, travail
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derivation: grubber (n.)
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