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Grub Street

n.
The world of impoverished writers and literary hacks.

[After Grub Street, London, former name of Milton Street, where such writers lived.]

Grub Street

n
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a former street in London frequented by literary hacks and needy authors
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the world or class of literary hacks, etc
adj
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (sometimes not capital) relating to or characteristic of hack literature

Grub′ Street`


n.
1. a street in London formerly inhabited by impoverished writers and literary hacks.
2. literary hacks collectively.
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Noun1.Grub Street - the world of literary hacks
world, domain - people in general; especially a distinctive group of people with some shared interest; "the Western world"
hack writer, literary hack, hack - a mediocre and disdained writer
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Sir Robert Walpole, ruling the country with unscrupulous absolutism, had now put an end to the employment of literary men in public life, and though Johnson's poem 'London,' a satire on the city written in imitation of the Roman poet Juvenal and published in 1738, attracted much attention, he could do no better for a time than to become one of that undistinguished herd of hand-to-mouth and nearly starving Grub Street writers whom Pope was so contemptuously abusing and who chiefly depended on the despotic patronage of magazine publishers.
So it was strange to me to discover presently that he had not been thinking of me at all, but of his own young days, when that couplet sang in his head, and he, too, had thirsted to set off for Grub Street, but was afraid, and while he hesitated old age came, and then Death, and found him grasping a box-iron.
But the upshot of it all - of my thinking and reading and loving - is that I am going to move to Grub Street.