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Verb: grind away
  1. Study intensively, as before an exam
    - cram [informal], bone up [informal], swot [Brit, informal], get up [informal], mug up [Brit, informal], swot up [Brit, informal], bone [informal], revise [Brit]
     
  2. Work doggedly or persistently
    - plug away, peg away, slog, keep one's nose to the grindstone, keep one's shoulder to the wheel, slave away
     
  3. Work hard on something
    - beaver [informal], beaver away [informal], slave away

Derived forms: grinding away, grinds away, ground away

Type of: hit the books, study, work