homework grinder

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I head down two levels to the dingy basement area. It is old-school down here—rows and rows of books upon books, most no longer of interest to the casual library visitor, sit on aluminum shelves. There are a few cubby desks for true homework grinders.
Source: Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben
Context: The narrator is in the local library.

homework grinder is a creative slang for a student who is studious and industrious, right?

Thank you.
  • PaulQ

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    English - England
    A grinder is someone who is always at work doing something - a homework grinder - someone who is always doing homework.

    (In BE, a grinder is also "tedious and difficult work.)

    Compare "Each day he would grind away at his job until he had met the quota, and then he would grind away some more."
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