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1‘the grub becomes a fully grown beetle’
2‘we had third helpings of delicious pub grub’
1‘kids like grubbing around in the dirt’
dig, excavate, burrow, tunnel
poke about, poke around, scratch about, scratch around, rake through, sift through, explore, probe
2‘they grub up the old trees and replace them’
dig up, unearth, disinter, uproot, root out, root up, pull up, pull out, tear out, take out of the ground
3‘he began grubbing about in the waste-paper basket’
search, hunt, delve, dig, rummage, scrabble, scour, probe, ferret, ferret about, ferret around, root, rifle, fish, poke
go through, turn upside down, turn inside out
British informal rootle
Australian NZ informal fossick through
4‘she achieved financial independence without having to grub for it’
slave, toil, labour, grind, plod, sweat, struggle, strive, overwork oneself, work very hard, work one's fingers to the bone, work like a Trojan, work like a dog, keep one's nose to the grindstone
informal slog away, plug away, peg away, kill oneself, put one's back into it, sweat blood, knock oneself out
British informal graft, fag
archaic drudge, travail, moil
take it easy
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