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  • Whether he has in his royal beak a grain of corn or a grub-worm, he bestows it on the first of his female subjects that comes within his presence.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • It will be seen that this mere painstaking burrower and grub-worm of a poor devil of a Sub-Sub appears to have gone through the long Vaticans and street-stalls of the earth, picking up whatever random allusions to whales he could anyways find in any book whatsoever, sacred or profane.

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  • The perch swallows the grub-worm, the pickerel swallows the perch, and the fisher-man swallows the pickerel; and so all the chinks in the scale of being are filled.

    Walden

  • 'When I speak of poverty, I do not so much mean the natural, habitual poverty of the working-man, as the embarrassed penury of the man in debt; my grub-worm is always a straitened, struggling, care-worn tradesman.'

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • It will be seen that this mere painstaking burrower and grub-worm of a poor devil of a Sub-Sub appears to have gone through the long Vaticans and street-stalls of the earth, picking up whatever random allusions to whales he could anyways find in any book whatsoever, sacred or profane. therefore you must not, in every case at least, take the higgledy-piggledy whale statements, however authentic, in these extracts, for veritable gospel cetology.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • In addition to these insects that attack special plants, all vegetables are preyed on by the grub-worm, the cutworm, the aphis and various tiny hoppers.

    Checking the Waste A Study in Conservation

  • Why, David, I can feel him now clapping me on the back and calling me his grub-worm.

    David Malcolm

  • You could peep from the window the grub-worm went through.

    Little Mr. Thimblefinger and His Queer Country

  • The Bee keeps the dainties in her crop for the outside of the loaf, whence the feeble grub-worm is to take its first mouthfuls.

    Bramble-Bees and Others

  • With them we sometimes find the lawful owner, the grub-worm of the Halictus, but stunted and emaciated with fasting.

    Bramble-Bees and Others

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