Definition of organ-grinding in US English:

organ-grinding

noun

  • The action of playing the barrel organ.

adjective

  • That is an organ-grinder; that plays the barrel organ.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Times. From organ + grinding, after organ-grinder, organ-grinding<br>early 19th century; earliest use found in John Wolcot (d. 1819), poet and satirist. From organ + grinding, after organ-grinder.

Pronunciation

organ-grinding

/ˈɔːɡ(ə)nˌɡrʌɪndɪŋ/