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grindstone
used in David Copperfield

2 uses
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Definition a revolving stone shaped like a disk that is used to grind, sharpen or polish

or:

work — as in the expressions "back to the grindstone" (back to work) or "keep your nose to the grindstone" (keep working hard)
  • She brings everything to a grindstone,' said Steerforth, and sharpens it, as she has sharpened her own face and figure these years past.
    Chapters 19-21 (48% in)
  • I told you she took everything, herself included, to a grindstone, and sharpened it.
    Chapters 28-30 (75% in)

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