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Grind someone’s gears

To grind a person’s gears is to annoy or irritate them, an American colloquialism that dates from the mid-20th century from the obvious allusion to gr...

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Gringo

Latin-American and Spanish slang for anyone of North American or British descent and dates from the mid-19th century. The story that it derives from t...

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Grist for/to the mill

The complete saying is that something or other is all grist for (or to) the mill, meaning that everything has a use or a value. It dates in this figur...

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Grit

‘Grit’ in the sense of firmness or solidity of character in showing pluck, determination and spirit is American from the early 19th century and possib...

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Grit one’s teeth

To grit one’s teeth is a metaphor for displaying determination of purpose and dates from the late 18th century, and possibly gave rise to the sense of...

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Groan and grunt

see Grumble and Grunt


Grog/groggy

A generic word for alcohol dates from the late 18th century. Derives from grogram, a coarse-grained cloth from which cloaks were once made. Old Grog w...

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Groovy/in the groove

Groovy as a general term of approbation derives from black American slang of the 1930s and originally referred to music that was well liked. The term...

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Grot/Grotty

Shortened forms of grotesque, British slang that dates from the early 1960s. Grot is usually applied to ugly women, mercifully not used very much thes...

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Ground Zero

Dates from 1946 when it was first used to describe the epicentre or point of impact of an atomic (nuclear) explosion. More recently, it has been used...

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Grounded

Grounded in the sense of being denied privileges is American from the 1930s and derives from pilots who were literally grounded i.e. banned from flyin...

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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is an expression mainly used in North America to describe an event or a situation that continually repeats itself. It derives this meani...

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Growl and grunt

see Grumble and grunt


Grumble and grunt

Rhyming slang for the vagina, grumble and grunt/cunt, dates from the 1930s. Also appears as 'groan and grunt' and 'growl and grunt'.


Grunt

US military slang for a low-ranking infantryman. It is thought to have originated during the Vietnam War, although some sources maintain from WWII. 'G...

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