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v. grubbed, grub·bing, grubs
1. To dig up by or as if by the roots: grubbed carrots with a stick.
2. To clear of roots and stumps by digging: grubbed a small plot.
3. Slang To obtain by importunity: grub a cigarette.
1. To dig in the earth: grub for potatoes.
a. To search laboriously by or as if by digging; rummage.
b. To toil arduously; drudge: grub for a living.
1. The thick wormlike larva of certain beetles and other insects.
2. A drudge.
3. Slang Food.

[Middle English grubben, from Old English *grybban; see ghrebh- in Indo-European roots.]

grub′ber n.
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1. a person who grubs
2. (Tools) another name for grub hoe
3. (Rugby) rugby a kick of the ball along the ground
4. (Cricket) cricket a delivery which keeps very low upon bouncing
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References in classic literature ?
"I'm a heavy grubber, dear boy," he said, as a polite kind of apology when he made an end of his meal, "but I always was.
I am no loss, I am not handsome, I am not good company, I am only my proprietors grubber. You need do no more than think, "Ah!
Money- grubbers, every one of them, from the first to the last.
Huddersfield's task became more difficult when Alex Mellor was sin-binned for preventing Oliver Holmes running onto a grubber in-goal but Ellis still extended their advantage through the subsequent penalty.
But the home side pulled level when Ben Currie raced on to a Patton grubber kick.
In an error-strewn opening, a smart grubber to the in-goal area from Morgan Smith was collected and touched down by Abdull who crossed to the right of the posts.
That lead was doubled soon after, Richardson's grubber kick finding Thompson, who grabbed the ball one yard out and went over the line.
The Red Devils hit back on 17 minutes, Josh Jones winning the race to Robert Lui's well-placed grubber. Ed Chamberlain added the extras to cut the deficit to 8-6.
The Dragons hit back in the eighth minute as a subtle change saw Tomkins operating in the halves rather than at full-back - he put in a neat grubber and Fouad Yaha won the race to touch down.
The home side continued to use their backs with good effect and Joe Thomas attempted a grubber kick on the 22, but the visitors were again able to defend.
They extended their lead after a length of the field set culminating in Rhodri Lloyd, leaping on a Ralph grubber. Olds converted before adding a penalty.