Grub Street

Grub Street

noun
1.
a street in London, England: formerly inhabited by many impoverished minor writers and literary hacks; now called Milton Street.
2.
petty and needy authors, or literary hacks, collectively.
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grubstreet

[gruhb-street]
adjective
1.
produced by a hack; poor in quality: a grubstreet book.
noun
2.
Grub Street ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1640–50

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Grub Street
 
n
1.  a former street in London frequented by literary hacks and needy authors
2.  the world or class of literary hacks, etc
 
adj
3.  (sometimes not capital) relating to or characteristic of hack literature

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grubstreet
1630, "originally the name of a street in Moorfields in London, much inhabited by writers of small histories, dictionaries, and temporary poems; whence any mean production is called grubstreet" [Johnson]. Name changed 1830 to Milton Street (after a local developer) then erased entirely 1970s by the Barbicon
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