He handles symbolism rather like an Olympic weight lifter, raising it with agonizing care, brandishing it with a tiny grunt of triumph, then dropping it with a terrible clang.1984 Of playwright William Inge. In the NewYork Times, 28 Jul.
Living next to you is like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered the beast, one is affected by every twitch and grunt.1969 Of the US. Speech, National Press Club,Washington DC, 25 Mar. Quoted in Lawrence Martin The Presidents and the Prime Ministers (1982).
You may batter your way through the thick of the fray, You may sweat, you may swear, you may grunt; You may be a jack-fool, if you must, but this rule Should ever be kept at the front; Don't fight with your pillow, but lay down your head And kick every worriment out of the bed.Edmund Vance Cooke, Don't take your Troubles to Bed.
Who would fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life; But that the dread of something after death, The undiscover'd country from whose bourn No traveller returns, puzzles the will And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of?Act III, scene 1, line 76. ("These fardels" in folio).