1. [mid-17C+] food [one has ‘grubbed it up’].
2. [mid-19C] fig. use of sense 1, a punishment.
3. [mid-19C+] (US campus) a hard worker, one who works to the exclusion of other interests [he ‘grubs up’ facts].
4. [1940s+] a meal; thus grub palace, a restaurant [ext. of sense 1].
5. [2010s] (UK Black) drugs.
[late 18C–19C] food and drink.
[mid-19C] an eating house.
[late 19C] (US) an eating house.
[1910s+] (US) fingers or hands.
[1900s–60s] (US) an itinerant, out-of-work cowboy who subsists on hand-outs; thus on the grub line .
[late 19C] (US) the mouth.
[mid-19C–1940s] (US, Western) a meal.
1. an eating house; in UK public schools, a ‘tuck-shop’.
2. the mouth.
1. a cook.
2. a waiter or waitress.
[late 19C–1950s] (US) a cook.
see separate entries.
[1900s] (US) a restaurant.
[mid-19C] the mouth.
[late 19C] (US) hunger; appetite.
[mid–late 19C] the mouth.
[mid-19C] the stomach.
[1990s+] (US black) to eat, esp. voraciously.
[early 19C] employed.
[late 19C] keenly, enthusiastically.