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1‘such grafts may die from lack of water’
scion, cutting, shoot, offshoot, bud, slip, new growth, sprout, sprig
2‘she had a skin graft’
transplant, implant, implantation
1‘they graft on a bud higher up the stem’
affix, slip, join, insert, splice
2‘a technique in which living tissue is grafted on to the patient's cornea’
transplant, implant, transfer
3‘a Victorian mansion grafted on to a seventeenth-century farmhouse’
fasten, attach, add, fix, join, insert
1‘he earned success through hard graft’
work, effort, endeavour, toil, labour, exertion, the sweat of one's brow, drudgery, donkey work
NZ Australian yakka
1‘the players are not frightened to graft for each other’
work hard, exert oneself, toil, labour, hammer away, grind away, sweat
plod away, slave away, work like a Trojan, work like a dog, keep one's nose to the grindstone
persevere, persist, keep at it, stick with it
slog away, plug away, beaver away, put one's back into something, work one's socks off, work one's guts out, sweat blood, kill oneself
get one's head down
vulgar slang work one's arse off, work one's balls off, work one's nuts off
North American vulgar slang work one's ass off, work one's butt off
archaic drudge, travail, moil
1‘the new president has started a campaign against graft’
corruption, bribery, bribing, dishonesty, deceit, fraud, fraudulence, subornation, unlawful practices, illegal means, underhand means
North American payola
informal palm-greasing, back-scratching, hush money, kickback, crookedness, shadiness, shady business, dirty tricks, dirty dealings, wheeling and dealing, sharp practices
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