Definitions

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  • n. A device for cutting meat into very small pieces.
  • n. A physically dangerous or wearing activity, as a military battle, or an occupational or athletic activity.
  • n. A process that is likely to be injurious in a non-physical way.

Etymologies

meat +‎ grinder (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The problem now is noone wants to get their people killed in a meatgrinder, which is what both iraq and afghanistan are turning out to be because we didn't do the job right the first time.

    Edwards: Axelrod's Comments About Bhutto And Hillary "Ridiculous"

  • Once Chinese communist armies had entered that war in massive numbers in late 1950 and inflicted a terrible series of defeats on American forces but could not sweep them off the peninsula, that conflict settled into a "meatgrinder" of a stalemate in which the hope of taking significant territory faded; yet some measure of success was needed as public frustration mounted in the United States: thus began the infamous body count of enemy dead.

    Tom Engelhardt: The Ponzi Scheme Presidency

  • As LBJ ruled significant military targets out of bounds for American bombers and General William Westmoreland adopted his "meatgrinder" strategy, a rough division of labor took shape within the GOP.

    Congress, the President, and the Battle of Ideas: Vietnam Policy, 1965-1969

  • PDF file and cover image, upload it into the company's "meatgrinder" tool, and in a matter of minutes, you create your e-book in just about every format you'd want.

    eCoustics.com news

  • Give them your book in. doc format & they put it through their "meatgrinder" translater program and spit out a bunch of different versions of the book, including EPUB and mobipocket (kindle).

    Wetmachine

  • they put it through their "meatgrinder" translater program and spit out a bunch of different versions of the book, including EPUB and mobipocket (kindle).

    Wetmachine

  • And why would either of the East Asian great powers agree to stick their hands into the Middle Eastern meatgrinder anyway?

    Matthew Yglesias » Supporting George Mitchell

  • Isn't it worse for a despot to die peacefully in his sleep than for his nation to become a meatgrinder and oust him in the process?

    When Hell Froze Over, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • My grandmas old cast metal handcranked meatgrinder .. its like 50-60 years old and has had enough meat through it to feed a stadion for a week and it grinds the meat slowly and coarsely in a way no modern meatgrinder ive ever tested can replicate .. just pieces it up withouth punishing the meat, locking the taste in ..

    A Remington 870 Can Last Forever

  • If we are going to move forward with vouchers, I would like to know what the plan will look like, once it gets through the political meatgrinder.

    Two-Handed on Vouchers, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

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