organ grinder


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organ grinder

n.
A musician who plays a hurdy-gurdy and usually performs on the street.

or′gan grind`er


n.
an itinerant street musician who earns a living by playing a hand organ or hurdy-gurdy.
[1800–10]
References in classic literature ?
She broke off abruptly on a sentimental high note, shouted sharply to the organ grinder "Come on," and both moved on to the next shop.
Most people in this country imagine that Italy is entirely populated with ice cream men and organ grinders.
An army of organ grinders might pick up hints, and their monkeys might pick up all sort of things.
Contact are bringing The Organ Grinder from Krankbrother Records to The Vault, Belmont Street in Aberdeen on Saturday.
Neither the press nor the fans can make Ashley talk, so chasing the organ grinder is, in my opinion, pointless.
Tory Government ministers hide from answering questions from Scotland's Parliament - but the sooner the organ grinder Iain Duncan Smith comes here to explain his decisions, which make life so difficult for so many vulnerable and hardworking Scots, the better.
Organ grinder at an unknown location in the early 20th century, taken by William Fox
Hearts were there from both performers - certainly the mail coach's post horn eerie call and finally the old organ grinder being asked, "Will you grind your music to the songs I sing?
at the Holocaust Memorial Center located at 28123 Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills, Weissberger will discuss her experience as a prisoner at the Theresienstadt concentration camp and an original cast member of the children's opera Brundibar, which tells the story of a brother and sister who join forces with a sparrow, cat and dog to outwit an evil organ grinder.
Kevin Prendergast may have been out of luck with favourite Got To Dream in the opener, but he got his turn half-an-hour later courtesy of odds-on The Organ Grinder in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF two-year-old Maiden.
Tories were outraged but Mr Hunt took the jibe in good humour, probably because - like me - he has thought long and hard about the whole monkey/ organ grinder relationship, and realised that the simian is superior.
The simple story about a brother and sister who defeat the evil organ grinder, Brundibar, with the help of animals is a thinly veiled reference to the ultimate triumph of the oppressed over tyranny.