Gradgrind

(Thomas). A man who measures everything with rule and compass, allows nothing for the weakness of human nature, and deals with men and women as a mathematician with his figures. He shows that summum ius is suprema injuria. (Dickens: Hard Times.)

“The gradgrinds under value and disparage it.” —Church Review.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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