Definition of grubber in English:



  • 1usually in combination A person who is determined to acquire or amass something, especially in an unscrupulous manner.

    ‘a money-grubber’
    ‘a vote-grubber’
    • ‘All the while, a gang of greedy grubbers was taking 11 million dollars worth of that money.’
    • ‘He oscillates between being a grade grubber and not really caring much at all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm not that much of an unconscionable money grubber, really.’
    • ‘I hear my arch-enemy, the coffee grubber, making his way down the hall now.’
    • ‘I'm getting tired of these self-important money grubbers I associate with all the time now.’
    • ‘And of course, not all celebrities are grubbers.’
    • ‘Remember when righties were accused of being little more than shameless money grubbers with no interest in human rights?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thank you for your slams against Medicaid grubbers.’
    • ‘Yet a populist ethic scorning them as money grubbers who mystified the law while profiting from the miseries of others has persisted.’
    • ‘Apart from being useless money grubbers who are not into shoe culture, they are criminals.’
    • ‘Agitated adrenaline is the perfect tool for combatting stupid co-workers, coffee grubbers and work that you have no desire to do.’
  • 2usually in combination An implement for digging up plants.

    ‘a daisy-grubber’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The grubber was used to break up the land to get it ready for sowing and planting.’
  • 3Cricket
    A ball that is bowled along the ground.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A bowler, bowling a grubber to prevent a winning run being scored, defies the conventions of cricket, but not its rules.’
    1. 3.1Rugby A forward kick of the ball along the ground.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He tried a little grubber from seven yards out, the ball rebounded into his hands and he sprinted on an arc into the corner.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hooker Matt Diskin carried the ball to the line before stabbing a grubber through for McGuire to pounce and score.’
      • ‘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.’