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Used in reference to a world or class of impoverished journalists and writers.
- ‘It could be that Stanley was being paid by the word - a not uncommon arrangement on Grub Street, where, lo these many years, he has made his residence.’
- ‘Walpole's hegemony inevitably drew the full fire of Grub Street on his personal position.’
- ‘Also, and perhaps most importantly, she posed no threat to the denizens of Grub Street.’
- ‘To be sure, there's a lot of cobbling going on in the cyber Grub Street but that's the price we pay for mass production.’
- ‘This is also an envy free zone because I am so far removed from Grub Street with its horrible toxins.’
- ‘With the passive agreement of the American press, she managed to escape the attention of the American paparazzi and the US equivalent of Grub Street hacks.’
- ‘It shields her from the intellectual compromises monetary need imposes on the writer, from the necessity of fawning before editors or potential patrons, from becoming a harried Grub Street hack.’
- ‘Are they not trying to get the sales of the Grub Street merchants without their street-vulgarity - the one jumped-up, the other dumbed-down?’
- ‘Meanwhile, literary hacks and Grub Street writers produced popular pot boilers for the masses.’
- ‘Clearly, not one to mince his titles, this neologism was spotlit by the hacks of Grub Street as the most secretive of sins, the product of a furtive imagination within an autarkic existence.’
- ‘He shows how Venice in the sixteenth century had its own Grub Street, like London in the seventeenth and Paris in the eighteenth century.’
- ‘In the Grub Street of the twenty-first century, books are traded on less and less material, and almost never on complete manuscripts.’
- ‘He assented to being a ‘man of letters’ but always made sure to keep ‘one foot in Grub Street.’’
- ‘It could have been eighteenth-century Grub Street.’
- ‘All right-thinking lesbians will complain at the close-mindedness shown by the Grub Street sisterhood.’
- ‘But Grub Street, where Gray is concerned, is in shouting distance of Arcadia.’
- ‘Taking a swipe at Grub Street productions of the time, the ‘mission-statement’ language reads like a parody of the real Foundling Hospital's raison d'être.’
- ‘Many of these writers worked in the shadowy borderland between Academia, Bohemia, and Grub Street.’
- ‘No longer will Grub Street scribblers have to stare wild-eyed out the window not knowing where the next sentence is coming from.’
- ‘His line was that there are people living like parasites in Grub Street while other clean-limbed, honourable fellows are trying to improve the world.’
The name of a street (later Milton Street) in Moorgate, London, inhabited by such authors in the 17th century.
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