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grindstone

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2 meanings
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1  —as in:
sharpen on a grindstone
Definition a  revolving disk-shaped stone used to grind (as when wheat is ground to flour), or used to sharpen or polish (as when sharpening a knife)
  • Do you have a grindstone to sharpen the knife?
grindstone = a  disk shaped stone used to sharpen or polish
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The mill had a water-powered grindstone to grind wheat into flour.
  • grindstone = a large revolving stone shaped like a disk that is used to grind grain (also called a millstone)
  • She sharpened the knife on a grindstone.
  • grindstone = a  disk shaped stone used to sharpen or polish
  • Life is a grindstone, and whether it grinds a man down or polishes him up depends on the stuff he's made of.
    Josh Billings
  • My jack-knife here needs the grindstone.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • grindstone = a stone shaped like a disk that spins and is used to sharpen, grind, or polish
  • ...come, turn this grindstone.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • grindstone = a large stone shaped like a disk that spins and is used to grind, sharpen or polish
  • There's a gaudy big grindstone down at the mill...
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • grindstone = a large stone shaped like a disk that spins and is used to grind grain
  • The grindstone, pestle and mortar were too heavy to take; in any case my daughter-in-law would be providing these.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • grindstone = a large stone used to grind, sharpen or polish
  • But how in the nation'd they ever GIT that grindstone IN there, ANYWAY?
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • grindstone = a stone shaped like a disk that spins and is used to grind, sharpen or polish
  • And he said that between the rats and the snakes and the grindstone there warn't no room in bed for him...
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
grindstone = a stone shaped like a disk that spins and is used to grind, sharpen or polish

Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Comprehensive Dictionary (Oxford® US)Dictionary list — Onelook.com®Wikipedia:  Grindstone for sharpeningWikipedia:  Grindstone/Millstone for grindingPictures — Google Images®
2  —as in:
back to the grindstone
Definition hard work
  • I need to get back to the grindstone.
grindstone = hard work
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Keep your nose to the grindstone.
  • grindstone = hard work
  • 'So you've got your exams coming up, haven't you? They'll be keeping your noses so hard to that grindstone they'll be rubbed raw,' said Fred with satisfaction.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • grindstone = hard work (figuratively referring to working hard with a large stone used to grind, sharpen, or polish)
  • "Keeps your nose to the grindstone," Tyler said, grinning.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • (editor's note:  A grindstone was a revolving disk-shaped stone used to grind grain as when grinding wheat into flour, or to sharpen or polish as when sharpening a knife. This expression is easy to remember if you picture someone working to sharpen a knife blade by holding it against a rotating stone while leaning over it.)
  • Kept his nose to the grindstone and sold one bottle of snake oil too many.
    Eugene O'Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • (editor's note:  A grindstone was a revolving disk-shaped stone used to grind grain as when grinding wheat into flour, or to sharpen or polish as when sharpening a knife. This expression is easy to remember if you picture someone working to sharpen a knife blade by holding it against a rotating stone while leaning over it.)
  • No, now that he had arrived, he must keep his nose to the grindstone.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
(editor's note:  A grindstone was a revolving disk-shaped stone used to grind grain as when grinding wheat into flour, or to sharpen or polish as when sharpening a knife. This expression is easy to remember if you picture someone working to sharpen a knife blade by holding it against a rotating stone while leaning over it.)

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