grind away at

grind away at
ˌgrind a ˈway at [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they grind away at he/she/it grinds away at present participle grinding away at past tense ground away at past participle ground away at] mainly american phrasal verb
to gradually reduce the strength, value, or importance of something

Powerful economic forces have been grinding away at the position of workers.

Thesaurus: to reduce somethingsynonym
Main entry: grind

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • grind away at — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms grind away at : present tense I/you/we/they grind away at he/she/it grinds away at present participle grinding away at past tense ground away at past participle ground away at mainly American grind away at… …   English dictionary

  • grind away — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms grind away : present tense I/you/we/they grind away he/she/it grinds away present participle grinding away past tense ground away past participle ground away to work hard and in a determined way over a long… …   English dictionary

  • grind away — work or study hard. → grind …   English new terms dictionary

  • Grind — Grind, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ground}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Grinding}.] [AS. grindan; perh. akin to L. frendere to gnash, grind. Cf. {Grist}.] 1. To reduce to powder by friction, as in a mill, or with the teeth; to crush into small fragments; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grind — ► VERB (past and past part. ground) 1) reduce to small particles or powder by crushing. 2) sharpen, smooth, or produce by crushing or friction. 3) rub together or move gratingly. 4) (grind down) wear (someone) down with harsh treatment. 5) ( …   English terms dictionary

  • grind — I UK [ɡraɪnd] / US verb Word forms grind : present tense I/you/we/they grind he/she/it grinds present participle grinding past tense ground UK [ɡraʊnd] / US past participle ground ** 1) grind or grind up [transitive] to break something into very… …   English dictionary

  • grind — verb (past and past participle ground) 1》 reduce to small particles or powder by crushing. 2》 sharpen, smooth, or produce by crushing or friction.     ↘operate (a mill or machine) by turning the handle. 3》 rub together gratingly.     ↘press or… …   English new terms dictionary

  • grind — v 1. whet, mill, kibble, stone, sand, sandpaper, pumice; grate, file, rasp, scrape, gride; smooth, polish, burnish, buff. 2. crush, bray, pound, beat, mash, smash, Sl. smush; pulverize, mortar, comminute, triturate, levigate, powder, granulate,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • grind — [grīnd] vt. ground, grinding [ME grinden < OE grindan < IE * ghrendh < base * ghren , to rub away, pulverize > GROUND1] 1. a) to crush into bits or fine particles between two hard surfaces; pulverize b) to chop into small pieces or… …   English World dictionary


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