Definition of Grub Street in English:

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Grub Street

Pronunciation: /ˈɡrəb ˌstrēt/


Used in reference to a world or class of impoverished journalists and writers.
Example sentences
  • He shows how Venice in the sixteenth century had its own Grub Street, like London in the seventeenth and Paris in the eighteenth century.
  • It shields her from the intellectual compromises monetary need imposes on the writer, from the necessity of fawning before editors or potential patrons, from becoming a harried Grub Street hack.
  • Meanwhile, literary hacks and Grub Street writers produced popular pot boilers for the masses.


The name of a street (later Milton Street) in Moorgate, London, England, inhabited by such authors in the 17th century.

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