What does the word grinding mean?

Usage examples for grinding

  1. What do you mean by crushing my people And by grinding the face of the needy? – Stories of the Prophets (Before the Exile) by Isaac Landman
  2. The grinding need for money, the absolute necessity of luxurious living, had been pressed upon her from her childhood. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  3. Once again it started, running swiftly and savagely, with a great grinding. – Smoke Bellew by Jack London
  4. It tore itself to pieces with roaring and grinding and noises that were like the shrieks of a steam whistle. – Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ by Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
  5. If we were only to live upon what we get honestly, why, we should starve; the rich take good care of that by grinding us down so close. – Poor Jack by Frederick Marryat

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