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 Grin and Bear It (You must),Grinders. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
To work up for an examination; to grind up the subjects set, and to grind into the memory the necessary cram. The allusion is to a mill, and the analogy evident.   1
   To grind one down. To reduce the price asked; to lower wages. A knife, etc., is gradually reduced by grinding.   2
   To take a grind is to take a constitutional walk; to cram into the smallest space the greatest amount of physical exercise. This is the physical grind. The literary grind is a turn at hard study.   3
   To take a grinder is to insult another by applying the left thumb to the nose and revolving the right hand round it, as if working a hand-organ or coffee-mill. This insulting retort is given when someone has tried to practise on your credulity, or to impose upon your good faith.   4

 Grin and Bear It (You must),Grinders. 


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