Grindstone
Grindstone Grind"stone`, n. A flat, circular stone, revolving on an axle, for grinding or sharpening tools, or shaping or smoothing objects. [1913 Webster]

{To hold one's nose to the grindstone}, {To bring one's nose to the grindstone}, to oppress one; to keep one in a condition of servitude.

{To put one's nose to the grindstone} (a) to oppress one; to cause one to work hard and steadily. (b) to set oneself to a long and arduous task.

{To keep one's nose to the grindstone} to continue at a long and arduous task; to apply oneself steadily to one's duties. [1913 Webster +PJC]

They might be ashamed, for lack of courage, to suffer the Laced[ae]monians to hold their noses to the grindstone. --Sir T. North. [1913 Webster]


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  • grindstone — [grīnd′stōn΄] n. 1. Now Rare a millstone 2. a revolving stone disk for sharpening bladed tools or shaping and polishing things keep one s nose to the grindstone or have one s nose to the grindstone or put one s nose to the grindstone to work hard …   English World dictionary

  • grindstone — (n.) early 13c. millstone, from GRIND (Cf. grind) (v.) in sense of sharpen + STONE (Cf. stone) (n.); meaning revolving stone disc used for sharpening, etc. is from c.1400. Phrase nose to the grindstone in use by 1530s; originally to get control… …   Etymology dictionary

  • grindstone — ► NOUN 1) a thick revolving disc of abrasive material used for sharpening or polishing metal objects. 2) a millstone. ● keep one s nose to the grindstone Cf. ↑keep one s nose to the grindstone …   English terms dictionary

  • grindstone — UK [ˈɡraɪndˌstəʊn] / US [ˈɡraɪndˌstoʊn] noun [countable] Word forms grindstone : singular grindstone plural grindstones a piece of equipment with a large round stone that turns like a wheel. It is used for making tools sharp. • with your nose to… …   English dictionary

  • grindstone — /gruynd stohn /, n. 1. a rotating solid stone wheel used for sharpening, shaping, etc. 2. a millstone. 3. keep or put one s nose to the grindstone, to work, study, or practice hard and steadily or to cause someone to do so: If I put my nose to… …   Universalium

  • grindstone — /ˈgraɪndstoʊn / (say gruyndstohn) noun 1. a rotating solid stone wheel used for sharpening, shaping, etc. 2. → millstone. –phrase 3. keep one s nose to the grindstone, to force oneself to work without respite. {Phrase Origin: from the notion that …   Australian English dictionary

  • grindstone — See: KEEP ONE S NOSE TO THE GRINDSTONE …   Dictionary of American idioms

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