In the UK, graft means (hard) work. Is the word used in this context in the US?
e.g. I stripped the wallpaper off every room in our house yesterday, it was hard graft I can tell you.
John’s a great guy to have on your team, a real grafter - he puts the hours in.
I’ve read (on this board) the word being used in contexts relating to political corruption - you very occasionally see this usage in the UK, it’s rare. Do you also use it to mean work?