One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1usually in combination A person who is determined to acquire or amass something, especially in an unscrupulous manner.‘a money-grubber’‘a vote-grubber’
- ‘Thank you for your slams against Medicaid grubbers.’
- ‘I'm getting tired of these self-important money grubbers I associate with all the time now.’
- ‘He oscillates between being a grade grubber and not really caring much at all.’
- ‘That achievement disgusts the its socio-ethnic engineers, its branch-stackers and multicultural grant grubbers, for whom his election victories were direct refutations of every toxic tenet of their divisive philosophy.’
- ‘They are not all money grubbers, but remember that at ‘bar’ level you are not dealing with the elite of the society, either in this country, or in yours.’
- ‘I hear my arch-enemy, the coffee grubber, making his way down the hall now.’
- ‘In doing so, they speak for a layer of money grubbers from the upper middle class, whose principal aim in life is their own self-enrichment, and who are acutely sensitive and envious of any one appearing to do better than themselves.’
- ‘Apart from being useless money grubbers who are not into shoe culture, they are criminals.’
- ‘Remember when righties were accused of being little more than shameless money grubbers with no interest in human rights?’
- ‘I'm not that much of an unconscionable money grubber, really.’
- ‘All the while, a gang of greedy grubbers was taking 11 million dollars worth of that money.’
- ‘Yet a populist ethic scorning them as money grubbers who mystified the law while profiting from the miseries of others has persisted.’
- ‘This particular nest of welfare grubbers is not located in a slum tenement, though it's no less addicted to the public handouts and is absolutely brassy in its demand for more.’
- ‘Agitated adrenaline is the perfect tool for combatting stupid co-workers, coffee grubbers and work that you have no desire to do.’
- ‘And I'll thank you land grubbers to get out of this here line and make way for folks who got a real need to cross first.’
- ‘And of course, not all celebrities are grubbers.’
2usually in combination An implement for digging up plants.‘a daisy-grubber’
- ‘The grubber was used to break up the land to get it ready for sowing and planting.’
- ‘Basic equipment for this was a tractor, plough, grubber, drill and a set of harrows and bought secondhand at clearing sales they were not too expensive.’
A ball that is bowled along the ground.
- ‘A bowler, bowling a grubber to prevent a winning run being scored, defies the conventions of cricket, but not its rules.’
- ‘In the end, it was horribly tight and it looked as if John Emburey would hold out for the Poms, but [leg spinner] Peter Sleep got him with a grubber, with eight balls to spare.’
- ‘Fearing the big hit over the boundary, Greg told Trevor to bowl the now infamous grubber.’
- 3.1Rugby A forward kick of the ball along the ground.
- ‘That new-found lead was extended to eight points as a ricochet from a grubber fell in York's favour and the ball was spun out to Alex Godfrey, who ignored spare men to cross.’
- ‘Martyn then gave the home side clear breathing space as he raced through to meet Long's grubber kick and kicked forward and gathered to cross after lucky deflection off the posts.’
- ‘He tried a little grubber from seven yards out, the ball rebounded into his hands and he sprinted on an arc into the corner.’
- ‘Hooker Matt Diskin carried the ball to the line before stabbing a grubber through for McGuire to pounce and score.’
- ‘A break by Madiba from the back saw him linking with his forwards, and on receiving the ball again, put a grubber through that bounced just right.’
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