Sure he's a nice guy, but don't you think he's too much of a grind?

Would you please explain what too much of a grind means?

  • Possible duplicate: ell.stackexchange.com/q/18770/3281. Apr 11, 2014 at 13:10
  • @DamkerngT. That's not a duplicate. This question is asking what the phrase means; that one is asking whether to use "too much" or "very much". Apr 11, 2014 at 13:52
  • @starsplusplus Agree. Perhaps I should have said related. However, the phrase "too much" was mentioned and asked there, "very much a grind" was asked there, and yet nobody seemed to answer 'What does "very much (of) a grind" mean?'; though, arguably, looking it up in a dictionary would answer such a question. Apr 11, 2014 at 13:56

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Too much of a grind probably means he's too boring, because he's too studious. Though he is a nice guy, he's always into study and that's why he's boring.

Yes, it's here. Note that the use is informal.

grind (n) - a person who spends too much time working or studying

  • You might also want to include the use of the word as applied to a task or activity. The daily grind refers to going to work at a thankless occupation, and "grinding for levels/points/drops" is a common theme in online games. It wasn't directly asked in the question, but it's relevant. Apr 11, 2014 at 14:42
  • What does grinding for levels/points/drops" is a common theme in online games mean?
    – nima
    Apr 11, 2014 at 18:28
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    I think you've got it the wrong way around. It's not that "he" grinds away at his tasks - it's that the speaker finds being with that person grinding, boringly oppressive. If he did want to convey the sense you set out, it would probably be expressed as "he's such a grinder" (but that usage isn't particularly common). Apr 11, 2014 at 19:12
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    @nima_persian: It refers to the common situation where a player can repeat an action in order to gain a small benefit. In a number of online games, it is possible to repeatedly pick fruit/vegetables, or kill weak monsters, in order to accumulate money or loot. (A real-life parallel example would be a fruit picker. The job involves climbing a tree, filling a basket with fruit, climbing down, walking to the storage area, emptying the basket, and going back out for another load.) Wikipedia has an article on the phenomenon. Apr 11, 2014 at 19:41
  • A down vote. What did I do? ;)
    – Maulik V
    Apr 12, 2014 at 1:56

In the US, someone is "too much of a grind" if they are difficult/irritating/annoying or it otherwise takes an effort enjoy yourself if they're around.

"grinder" is very different and can refer to something from a sandwich to more 'mature' topics.

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