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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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This encouraged the visitors, who looked down and out at the break, and they punished Rangers errors with two tries before the hour mark (copycat scores from grubber kicks into the in-goal area).
Chatterton thought he had doubled the lead shortly afterwards, but the referee ruled he hadn't cleanly grounded a Dixon grubber kick, and then Harrop was hauled down just 5m short after to take a Marlins kick and raced 70m for what would have been a spectacular individual score.
"I also thought our backs showed good sense in mixing up a variety of dinks and grubber kicks into the wind and we are all delighted at the result."
Bedwas scrum-half Tom Edwards then made a converted try for wing Rory Budina with a precise grubber kick and all Keys could muster was a Jones drop goal.
Andy Saywell was forced to ground the ball over his own line while Chris Hull twice picked up grubber kicks.
On both occasions he beat the visiting defence for speed and picked up grubber kicks to touch down.
Man of the match Sean Long, whose short grubber kicks gave Tommy Martyn and Kieron Cunningham tries in the first half, said he had never endured a more tense second half.