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graft 1

v. graft·ed, graft·ing, grafts
a. To unite (a shoot or bud) with a growing plant by insertion or by placing in close contact.
b. To join (a plant or plants) by such union.
2. To transplant or implant (living tissue, for example) surgically into a bodily part to replace a damaged part or compensate for a defect.
3. To join or unite closely: graft new customs onto old.
1. To make a graft.
2. To be or become joined.
a. A detached shoot or bud united or to be united with a growing plant.
b. The union or point of union of a detached shoot or bud with a growing plant by insertion or attachment.
c. A plant produced by such union.
a. Material, especially living tissue or an organ, surgically attached to or inserted into a bodily part to replace a damaged part or compensate for a defect.
b. The procedure of implanting or transplanting such material.
c. The configuration or condition resulting from such a procedure.

[Middle English graften, alteration of graffen, probably from Old French grafier, from graffe, stylus, graft (from its shape), from Latin graphium, stylus; see graffito. N., Middle English grafte, alteration of graffe, from Old French.]

graft′er n.

graft 2

1. Deceitful or fraudulent use of one's position, especially in public office, to obtain personal profits or advantages.
2. Money or advantage obtained by such means.
intr.v. graft·ed, graft·ing, grafts
To gain money or advantage through deceit or fraud.

[Origin unknown.]

graft′er n.
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[ˈgrɑːftəʳ] N
1. (= swindler etc) → timador(a) m/f, estafador(a) m/f
2. (Brit) (= hard worker) → persona f que trabaja mucho
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n (inf)
(Brit = hard worker) → Arbeitstier nt (inf), → Malocher(in) m(f) (inf)
(esp US) → Gauner(in) m(f)
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Not easily forgotten was the Pacific Slope Seaman's strike and the giving over of the municipal government to the labor bosses and grafters. The destruction of Charles Klinkner and the California and Altamont Trust Company had been a warning.
That's a fairy story the grafters shove at you every time they want to rob you some more."
"But don't vote for the grafters," Billy contended.
The officials who ruled it, and got all the graft, had to be elected first; and so there were two rival sets of grafters, known as political parties, and the one got the office which bought the most votes.
I tell you your party is rotten and filled with grafters, and instead of flying into a rage you hum and haw and admit there is a great deal in what I say.
IT is often said we will always support an ungifted grafter of a player so long as he is giving 100% on the pitch.
The capture of the experienced engine room grafter is a key part in Tony Mowbray's plan to rebuild the team around physically and mentally strong core players.
The Grafter's Handbook appears in a revised, updated edition to provide gardeners with a classic reference book on plant propagation by grafting.
The Newsome coaches, Mick Rogers and Darren Fleary, awarded the whole team the grafter award, with hat trick hero Gatus getting the opposition's man-of-the-match.
Yup, this man is determined if nothing else - having proved he's a grafter and will do anything for his kids, there's a lot to be admired in him.
WHAT is a grafter? It is English slang for a hard worker who puts in long hours of arduous, physical labour.