grub-street

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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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
complex.
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