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grubstreet

[gruhb-street] /ˈgrʌbˌstrit/
adjective
1.
produced by a hack; poor in quality:
a grubstreet book.
noun
2.
Grub Street (def 2).
Origin of grubstreet
1640-1650
1640-50
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  • You see,” he added apologetically, “when people begin to talk about anybody, we grubstreet hacks thrive on the gossip.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
Word Origin and History for grubstreet

1620s, "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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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