Green’s Dictionary of Slang

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grub, n.1 1. ‘a person of slovenly attire and unpleasant manners’ (OED). 2. a dirty, unkempt person, esp. a child, also attrib. 3.  tuberculosis. 4. one who fails to achieve the popular social norms. 5.  a student kitchen worker.
grub, n.2 1. food . 2. fig. use of sense 1, a punishment. 3.  a hard worker, one who works to the exclusion of other interests . 4. a meal; thus grub palace, a restaurant . 5. drugs .
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grub, adj. of food, tasty.
grub, v.1 1.  to eat; thus grub and bub, to eat and drink. 2. to provide with food. 3. to beg, to scrounge; thus on the grub. 4. to scavenge.
grub, v.2 to walk (unsteadily).
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grub, v.3 1.  to study hard. 2. to kiss passionately. 3. to have sexual intercourse.
grub, v.4 to execute by decapitation.
grub!, excl. a mild excl.
grub and bub (n.) food and drink, thus grub and bub shop, a restaurant.
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grub and snooze (n.) bed and board.
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grub-crib (n.) an eating house.
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grub-hole (n.) an eating house.
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grub hooks (n.) fingers or hands.
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grub-liner (n.) an itinerant, out-of-work cowboy who subsists on hand-outs; thus on the grub line .
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grub-mill (n.) the mouth.
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grub-pile (n.) a meal.
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grub-shop (n.) 1. an eating house; in UK public schools, a ‘tuck-shop’. 2. the mouth.
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grub-slinger (n.) 1. a cook. 2. a waiter or waitress.
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grub-spoiler (n.) a cook.
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grubstake see separate entries.
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grub station (n.) a restaurant.
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grub-street (n.) the mouth.
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grub thirst (n.) hunger; appetite.
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grub-trap (n.) the mouth.
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grub warehouse (n.) the stomach.
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grubbed (adj.) exhausted, unsteady.
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grub along (v.) to subsist, to struggle along.
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grubber, n.1 1.  a beggar . 2. an itinerant mender of old hats. 3. work, presumably legitimate. 4. a vagrants’ casual night shelter or workhouse. 5.  a disgusting person. 6.  a working man . 7. see nail groper under nail n.1
grubber, n.2 1. an eater; thus heavy grubber, an enthusiastic, if unmannered, eater. 2. the mouth.
grubber, n.3 a diligent student.
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