Definition of organ grinder noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


organ grinder

BrE BrE//ˈɔːɡən ɡraɪndə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrɡən ɡraɪndər//
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a person who plays a barrel organ (= a large musical instrument played by turning a handle) (humorous) He's only the organ grinder's monkey (= an unimportant person who does what he is told to do).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: organ grinder