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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GRINDSTONE

Their weapons and tools are highly polished, and have evidently been ground on a grindstone.

The grindstone was soon in motion; the sparks were flying off in showers.

Sparks fly from a grindstone when you are sharpening a knife.

Surface impurity can of course be got rid of by means of a grindstone.

The pottery when cold may be dressed on a grindstone if necessary.

It was more like a superior sort of traveling-tinker's grindstone than anything else.

Oil is used on oilstones for the same purpose as water on a grindstone.

The grindstone for woodworking tools is best when rather fine and soft.

But a grindstone should never stand in water or it would rot.

And he pointed to a grindstone that was turning and doing its work exactly like the others.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c. "millstone," from grind (v.) in sense of "sharpen" + stone (n.); meaning "revolving stone disc used for sharpening, etc." is from c.1400. Phrase nose to the grindstone in use by 1530s; originally to get control of another and treat him harshly:

The main modern (reflective) sense of "work hard" is from 1828.

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