Definition of Grub Street in English:

Grub Street

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  • Used in reference to a world or class of impoverished journalists and writers.

    ‘He shows how Venice in the sixteenth century had its own Grub Street, like London in the seventeenth and Paris in the eighteenth century.’
    • ‘It shields her from the intellectual compromises monetary need imposes on the writer, from the necessity of fawning before editors or potential patrons, from becoming a harried Grub Street hack.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, literary hacks and Grub Street writers produced popular pot boilers for the masses.’
    • ‘In the Grub Street of the twenty-first century, books are traded on less and less material, and almost never on complete manuscripts.’
    • ‘But Grub Street, where Gray is concerned, is in shouting distance of Arcadia.’
    • ‘To be sure, there's a lot of cobbling going on in the cyber Grub Street but that's the price we pay for mass production.’
    • ‘Are they not trying to get the sales of the Grub Street merchants without their street-vulgarity - the one jumped-up, the other dumbed-down?’
    • ‘Taking a swipe at Grub Street productions of the time, the ‘mission-statement’ language reads like a parody of the real Foundling Hospital's raison d'être.’
    • ‘Many of these writers worked in the shadowy borderland between Academia, Bohemia, and Grub Street.’
    • ‘Walpole's hegemony inevitably drew the full fire of Grub Street on his personal position.’
    • ‘Clearly, not one to mince his titles, this neologism was spotlit by the hacks of Grub Street as the most secretive of sins, the product of a furtive imagination within an autarkic existence.’
    • ‘He assented to being a ‘man of letters’ but always made sure to keep ‘one foot in Grub Street.’’
    • ‘It could be that Stanley was being paid by the word - a not uncommon arrangement on Grub Street, where, lo these many years, he has made his residence.’
    • ‘It could have been eighteenth-century Grub Street.’
    • ‘His line was that there are people living like parasites in Grub Street while other clean-limbed, honourable fellows are trying to improve the world.’
    • ‘This is also an envy free zone because I am so far removed from Grub Street with its horrible toxins.’
    • ‘Also, and perhaps most importantly, she posed no threat to the denizens of Grub Street.’
    • ‘With the passive agreement of the American press, she managed to escape the attention of the American paparazzi and the US equivalent of Grub Street hacks.’
    • ‘No longer will Grub Street scribblers have to stare wild-eyed out the window not knowing where the next sentence is coming from.’


Grub Street

/ˈɡrəb ˌstrēt/ /ˈɡrəb ˌstrit/


The name of a street (later Milton Street) in Moorgate, London, inhabited by such authors in the 17th century.