Definition of grinding in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈɡrʌɪndɪŋ


1(Of a difficult situation) oppressive and seemingly without end: grinding poverty
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  • At first glance, bi-nationalism seems to offer an attractive exit from the grinding impasse of the current conflict.
  • More than 50 percent of Peru's population lives under conditions of grinding poverty.
  • Although he had almost no formal education and was dogged by grinding poverty all his life, Blake managed to create a type of original language that influences English to this day.
2(Of a sound or movement) harsh and grating: the grinding roar of the lorries
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  • Almost instantly after the name was spoken, a slight grinding noise sounded… and then that familiar computerized voice.
  • The keys made a metallic grinding sound as Kim poked and turned them in the keyhole.
  • A horrible grinding sound came from somewhere above their heads, and a spray of smelly oil came down on top of them.



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  • I've only been grindingly poor for a couple years, and now I have what would, I guess, be called a ‘good job.’
  • York, such a pleasant place to live now, was a grim, impoverished city of slums and open sewers where - for the poor who had few job opportunities - life was grindingly hard, says Keith.
  • The reality of the life so glamorised in the Hollywood Western was one of grindingly hard work and constantly struggling against the natural elements.

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