meatgrinder

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Etymology[edit]

meat +‎ grinder

Noun[edit]

meatgrinder (plural meatgrinders)

  1. A device for cutting meat into very small pieces.
    Keep your fingers away from the throat of the meatgrinder.
  2. A physically dangerous or wearing activity, as a military battle, or an occupational or athletic activity.
    The mountainous second day of the race was a real meatgrinder, with 20% of racers dropping out.
  3. A process that is likely to be injurious in a non-physical way.
    Senate confirmation hearings are a real meatgrinder, discouraging people from government service.

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