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1‘grind the praline into a fine powder’
crush, pound, pulverize, mill, powder, granulate, grate, mince, shred, crumble, pestle, mash, smash, press, fragment, kibble
technical triturate, comminute
archaic levigate, bray
2‘a knife being ground on a wheel’
sharpen, whet, make sharp, make sharper, hone, file, strop
smooth, polish, sand, sandpaper
3‘one tectonic plate grinds against another’
rub, grate, scrape, rasp
4‘Mitch ground his teeth in fury’
5‘a car grinding up the other side of the hill’
move laboriously, strain, struggle, drag oneself, fight one's way, labour
North American informal putter
1‘teaching could be a grind’
chore, slog, travail
drudgery, toil, hard work, donkey work, labour, slavery, exertion
informal fag, sweat
‘I've never let male colleagues grind me down’
oppress, persecute, tyrannize, suppress
afflict, maltreat, ill-treat, scourge
torture, torment, molest, harass, harry
‘the meeting ground on’
drag on, go on and on, plod on, pass slowly, move slowly, creep along, limp along, crawl, hang heavy, go at a snail's pace, wear on, go on too long
continue, carry on, go on, keep on, keep going, proceed
race by, fly
‘a hack grinding out newspaper copy’
produce, generate, crank out, turn out
churn out, trot out, bang out
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