Grindstone

Definition of Grindstone

Grind´stone`
n.1.A flat, circular stone, revolving on an axle, for grinding or sharpening tools, or shaping or smoothing objects.
To hold one's nose to the grindstone
to oppress one; to keep one in a condition of servitude.
To put one's nose to the grindstone
a - to oppress one; to cause one to work hard and steadily.
b - to set oneself to a long and arduous task.
To keep one's nose to the grindstone
to continue at a long and arduous task; to apply oneself steadily to one's duties.
They might be ashamed, for lack of courage, to suffer the Lacedæmonians to hold their noses to the grindstone.
- Sir T. North.

Related Words

sharpener, stone
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