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  • n. tutoring; extra lessons in a specific subject outside of school hours. Grinds are often given by private individuals or firms, and might not be provided by the school.
  • n. Plural form of grind.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of grind.


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  • Like some Charo of the Chugach, Palin grinds out the same quips and winks and seems even less prepared for 2012, in any capacity, than she did in 2008.

    Alec Baldwin: Harry Reid, Sharron Angle, and the Role of Government in America

  • Behind those ollies and grinds is the razor-sharp business sense of a restless entrepreneur.

    KR3W Apparel: World Domination, One Skate Park at a Time

  • Minus: Cleaning out the grinds was a bit of a hassle, though this was true for most of the grinders.

    WSJ Test Kitchen: Coffee Grinders

  • And to his credit it should be recorded that the grinds were the only ones he treated with any seriousness; he took pains to answer their questions; but towards the rest of us, the Chosen, he showed a thinly veiled contempt.

    A Far Country — Volume 1

  • He said consumer confidence in Toyota will continue to falter as the recall grinds on.

  • Health officials in Denmark and the Faroe Islands have already recommended that consumption of pilot whale meat taken in the notorious "grinds" not be eaten due to high levels of contaminants in the meat.

    Hardy Jones: What Will End the Dolphin Slaughter?

  • Activision Publishing took the wraps off a new skateboarding title, Tony Hawk: Ride, revealing that for the first time in the series players will be able to pull off tricks, such as grinds and ollies, by stepping on a motion-sensing skateboard controller.

    Take this, Tony Hawk. New game peripheral on ‘board’ | Sync Blog

  • The company's "Let Me Play: Reuse-A-Shoe program" then picks up your shoes and "grinds" them into a new pair.

    Isabel Cowles: Trash: There's No Such Thing

  • There was an anti-intellectualism in the student body that astonished me, a lack of interest in all but the most famous speakers or performers, and — the terms truly were used — a contempt by those pleased by "gentlemen's Cs" for those "grinds" who studied long hours or with enthusiasm.

    On the Sadness of Higher Education

  • Some makers will buy already-forged steel and then grind it to shape, hence the tags "grinds" or "forges" when speaking of knifemakers.

    Homemade Knife


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  • IrE; for AmE use tutoring

    April 3, 2011