• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Grub-street a street in London inhabited by booksellers' hacks and shabby writers generally
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  • Jonathan Swift
    “O Grub Street! how do I bemoan thee, whose graceless children scorn to own thee! . Yet thou hast greater cause to be ashamed of them, than they of thee.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. A.S. grápian, to grope.


In literature:

Mr. Hoole told him, he was born in Moorfields, and had received part of his early instruction in Grub-street.
"Life of Johnson" by James Boswell
When I first met Quarmby I was a Grub Street gazetteer, and I think he was even poorer than I.
"New Grub Street" by George Gissing
Lavinia hastened to Grub Street.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
Two volumes of the Grub-street Journal were printed in 1737, and a fragment or two was admitted by Pope into his works.
"Alexander Pope" by Leslie Stephen
Grub Street, referred to, i, 292; the wrangles of, viii, 249.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
Clowes, John, Grub Street.
"A Short History of English Printing, 1476-1898" by Henry R. Plomer
Saul had known his Grub Street life.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Lady Mary and Lord Hervey writhed and retaliated with little more success than the poor denizens of Grub Street.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
Beneath it was the class generally known as Grub Street.
"English Literature and Society in the Eighteenth Century" by Leslie Stephen
Above these shops resided the Grub Street gentry of the period.
"The Book-Hunter in London" by William Roberts
He had been along all the pavements of Grub Street, perhaps the most exciting place of breadwinning known to the civilized man.
"Pipefuls" by Christopher Morley
"Punch, or the London Charivari, May 13, 1914" by Various
"Mr. Punch in Bohemia" by Various
But while Aretino contrived to live like a prince, Doni, for many years at any rate, endured the miseries of Grub Street.
"Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature" by John Addington Symonds
This stood opposite the bank and farther along the street than the Three Star Grocery and Boss Tolley's Grub Stake.
"The Heart of Canyon Pass" by Thomas K. Holmes
Grub Street grew excited.
"Res Judicatæ" by Augustine Birrell
Bedlam and Grub Street as the colleges in the vicinity of Moorefields were standard jokes.
"A Short Narrative of the Life and Actions of His Grace John, D. of Marlborogh" by Daniel Defoe
Grub Street, as usual, was called into requisition.
"Lord Chatham" by Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery
A Grub Street victualler, named Stockton, was murdered towards the close of the seventeenth century.
"Legal Lore" by Various
George, you know Mr. Scrope of Northumberland and Grub Street?
"Parson Kelly" by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason

In poetry:

From the vaults and combination
Safes in Thread and Needle street.
I wouldn't 'ave the needle
If I had more grub to eat.
"Safe And Sound" by Ezra Pound
We know the streets of Santos
And the loom of the lone Azores—
We've eat our grub from a salt-horse tub
Condemned from the Navy stores.
"Seafarer" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

Grub Street examines the drinking minefields that are office holiday parties.
Established philosophes rarely, if ever, treated the impoverished hacks of Europe's Grub Streets as their equals.
Grub Street had already mocked up what the child might look like.
In his Grub Street column this week, Adam Platt distills the nine signs you're about to have a really sucky meal.
Still, it's nice to get a little love and see some mouthwatering pictures, particularly on New York magazine's food blog, Grub Street .
The Grub Street Food Festival.
Still, it's nice to get a little love and see some mouthwatering pictures, particularly on New York magazine's food blog, Grub Street.
This cozy Division Street bar offers a small selection affordable haute pub grub and a well-crafted specialty cocktail menu.
YouTube prankster Janmann33 orders up some grub at the Taco Bell drive-thru as Sesame Street 's Elmo.
And don't miss the clam talk tomorrow by Grub Street's own Hugh Merwin.
Grub Street and are all over New York City's of-the-minute food trend: haute poutine, dressed up versions of the beloved Quebecois junk food of french fries, gravy and cheese curds.
Seamless Acquires MenuPages (But Grub Street Is Staying Put).
The Grub Street Guide to St Patrick's Day Debauchery (With a Map.
Grub Street 's Restaurant Power Rankings: Salvation Taco Arrives, Mission Chinese Remains Tops.
The Grub Street Gift Guide, Part 3: Classes and Tours.