Back to the grind

Meaning / Usage: Going back to work or school after a break

Explanation: “Back” is going back to something. “Grinding” something is hard work, so going back to the “grind” is going back to hard work.


  1. “Okay, everyone break time is over, get back to the grind .”
  2. “Back to the grind for me, I’ll talk to you later.”
  3. Time to get back to the grind. I need to finish so I can leave on time.

A: I really need to finish this project before my deadline.

B: If that’s the case, you’d better stop talking and get back to the grind.

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