1. n. working hard at one’s studies in hopes of a high grade.
If all you’re here for is grade-grubbing, you’re going to miss a lot.
Get a hobby. All grade-grubbing in college is no good.
2. n. flattering a teacher in hopes of a higher grade.
Some teachers don’t mind a lot of grade-grubbing.
So you’ve come in to do some grade-grubbing.
3. mod. having to do with students who are only concerned with getting high grades.
Grade-grubbing college kids are driving me crazy. D Two grade-grubbing seniors came in and begged me to change their grades.

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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