- 1(Of a state) oppressive, tedious, and seemingly without end: grinding povertyMore example sentences
- 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 motion) harsh and grating: the group’s grinding, ear-splitting guitarMore example sentences
- 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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