Every man carries, attached to his waist belt on his back, a small entrenching tool, a "grubber" it is called.
It wasn't quite a grubber dog, though chances were it was a wild relative.
If I had broken down after that, I should have been his grubber for the next seven years at half wages and double grind.
Unless he could find a way to end the war and settle the grubber question he was marooned on Pyrrus for life.
He would be killed then and the grubber chances would die with him.
The handle, about eighteen inches long, is carried in a sling along with the bayonet and enters the "grubber" at right angles.
His first reaction was unhappiness that he had killed one of the grubber dogs.
The gray-haired Pyrran felt the same repugnance himself about touching a grubber.
At school Charles was considerable of a grubber: he worked hard because he felt that it was his duty.
Eventually you'll have civilized communities that won't be either 'grubber' or 'junkman.'
"digger," late 13c. as a surname, agent noun from grub (v.). Meaning "one who gets wealth contemptibly" is from 1570s.
c.1300, from hypothetical Old English *grubbian, from West Germanic *grubbjan (cf. Middle Dutch grobben, Old High German grubilon "to dig, search," German grübeln "to meditate, ponder"), from Proto-Germanic *grub- "to dig," base of Old English grafan (see grave (v.)).
"larva," early 15c., perhaps from grub (v.) on the notion of "digging insect," or from the possibly unrelated Middle English grub "dwarfish fellow" (c.1400). Meaning "dull drudge" is 1650s. The slang sense of "food" is first recorded 1650s, said to be from birds eating grubs, but also often linked with bub "drink."
Food: goods one can exchange at the kitchen door for grub/ nonchalantly gobble up mounds of this grub (1659+)
: Come over and grub with us (Black)