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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The world of impoverished writers and literary hacks.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The tribe of needy or sordid authors collectively.
  • Shabby; paltry; mean: said of a kind of writing and writers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun the home or state of impoverished writers and literary hacks

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the world of literary hacks

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Grub Street, London, former name of Milton Street, where such writers lived.]

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After Grub Street in London, England now named Milton Street, a haunt of and home to impoverished writers.

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