UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈgraɪndɪŋ/

From the verb grind: (⇒ conjugate)
grinding is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. the grinding of [glass, lenses, mirrors]
  2. could hear the grinding from [outside, my bedroom]
  3. the (loud) sound of grinding
  4. where is that grinding coming from?
  5. do you hear that grinding?
  6. the grinding of the [gears, gearbox, engine]
  7. the grinding and chattering of teeth
  8. take the [tools, knives] for grinding
  1. heard a grinding [sound, noise] coming from
  2. the sound of grinding [wheels, cogs, teeth]
  3. the grinding roar of the [jets, trucks, gears]
  4. came to a grinding halt
  5. living in grinding poverty
  6. the grinding (daily) routine (of)
  7. use a grinding wheel to [sharpen, hone]
WordReference English Collocations © 2020


Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. grind (up) [coffee, beef, pepper]
  2. grind it (up) [finely, to a powder, coarsely]
  3. grind your teeth (at night)
  4. grind [steel, a knife, a sword]
  5. the [gears, engine] ground
  6. don't grind the [gears]
  7. come grinding to a [stop, halt]
  8. the [train, traffic] was grinding along (slowly)
  9. grind away [at work, at school, on a paper]
  10. [it] is grinding me down
  11. was grinding her hips (against him)
  12. grinding to the music
  13. and ground it [into the dirt, beneath his heel]
  14. [will, would] grind you into the dirt
  1. time to get back to the grind
  2. well, back to the grind!
  3. the [weekly, daily] grind
  4. [escape, get away] from the daily grind
  5. the slow grind of the [office, legal system]
  6. hear the grind of [bulldozers, drills, machines]
  7. the [chisel, knife] could use a good grind
  8. the [chisel] needs a new grind
  9. a [course, fine] grind of coffee
  10. a [course] coffee grind
  11. sports: do a grind on the [rail, box, curb]
  12. sexual: wanted a bit of bump and grind
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