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Take a grinder


  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Take a grinder (Dickens) to put the left thumb to the nose, and to work a visionary coffee-mill round it with the right—a gesture of contempt
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. grindan.


In literature:

The organ-grinder did not treat him well, and who that really knew Topaz would dream of taking a whip to force him to his work!
"Jewel's Story Book" by Clara Louise Burnham

In news:

ARLINGTON — The Rangers' meat grinder of a season became more difficult Saturday without them taking the field.