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organ grinder

an itinerant street musician who earns a living by playing a hand organ or hurdy-gurdy.
Origin of organ grinder
1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The owner did this organ grinder bit with a live monkey sitting on his shoulder.
  • These were not the organ grinder with his monkey or a completely illiterate gangster.
  • The organ grinder, and monkey, no longer attract the street gamin.

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