an axe to grinda point to discuss or argue about Jason had an axe to grind at the meeting - job security.
ax to grindax to grind
A selfish aim or motive, as in The article criticized the new software, but the author had an ax to grind, as its manufacturer had fired his son.
This frequently used idiom comes from a story by Charles Miner, published in 1811, about a boy who was flattered into turning the grindstone for a man sharpening his ax. He worked hard until the school bell rang, whereupon the man, instead of thanking the boy, began to scold him for being late and told him to hurry to school. “Having an ax to grind” then came into figurative use for having a personal motive for some action. [Mid-1800s]
ax to grind|ax|grindn. phr.
Something to gain for yourself: a selfish reason. In praising movies for classroom use he has an ax to grind; he sells motion picture equipment. When Charles told the teacher he saw Arthur copying his homework from Jim, he had an ax to grind; Arthur would not let Charles copy from him.
axe to grind(See an axe to grind)
back to the grindreturn to the job, go back to work After New Year's, it's back to the grind - the old routine.
bump and grindwalk or dance in a sexy way A seminude dancer was bumping and grinding under red lights.
bump and grind (hockey)bump other players and work to get the puck To win hockey games we need players who bump and grind.
In addition to the idiom beginning with grind
, also see ax to grind
; mills of the gods grind slowly
grind to a haltslow down and stop (like a machine when it is turned off) The city ground to a halt when the power went off for five hours.
grind to a halt|grind|haltv. phr.
To slow down and stop like a machine does when turned off. The old car ground to a halt in front of the house. The Cardinals' offense ground to a halt before the stubborn Steeler defense.
grinding haltunplanned stop, forced stop When Andy lost his job, their marriage came to a grinding halt.
Grinds my gear
Something that is very annoying grinds your gear.
see nose to the grindstone, keep one's
have an ax to grind
Idiom(s): have an ax to grind (with sb)
to have something to complain about. (Informal.)
• Tom, I need to talk to you. I have an ax to grind with you.
• Bill and Bob went into the other room to argue. They had an ax to grind.
Have an Axe to GrindTo have a dispute with someone.
hold one's nose to the grindstone|grindstone|have|v. phr., informal To work hard all the time; keep busy with boring or tiresome work. Sarah keeps her nose to the grindstone and saves as much as possible to start her own business.
keep one's nose to the grindstoneIdiom(s): keep one's nose to the grindstone
to keep busy continuously over a period of time.
• The manager told me to keep my nose to the grindstone or be fired.
• Keep your nose to the grindstone, and you will prosper.
keep your nose to the grindstonecontinue to work hard Keep your nose to the grindstone and you'll pass the final exam.
mills of the gods grind slowlymills of the gods grind slowly
One's destiny is inevitable even if it takes considerable time to arrive. For example, I'm sure he'll be wealthy one day, though the mills of the gods grind slowly. This expression comes from ancient Greek, translated as “The mills of the gods grind slowly, but they grind small.” In English it appeared in George Herbert's Jacula Prudentum (1640) as “God's mill grinds slow but sure.”
nose to the grindstone, keep one'snose to the grindstone, keep one's
Stay hard at work, as in We expect John to get good grades again, since he really keeps his nose to the grindstone. This expression, first recorded in 1539, alludes to a tool that must be sharpened by being held to a grindstone.
put one's nose to the grindstoneIdiom(s): put one's nose to the grindstone
to keep busy doing one's work. (Also with have and get, as in the examples.)
• The boss told me to put my nose to the grindstone.
• I've had my nose to the grindstone ever since I started working here.
• If the other people in this office would get their noses to the grindstone, more work would get done.
Speak to the organ grinder not the monkeyTalk to the boss not the subordinate
the daily grindIdiom(s): the daily grind
[someone's] everyday work routine. (Informal.)
• I'm getting very tired of the daily grind.
• When my vacation was over, I had to go back to the daily grind.