a rotating solid stone wheel used for sharpening, shaping, etc.
a millstone.
keep/put one's nose to the grindstone, to work, study, or practice hard and steadily or to cause someone to do so: If I put my nose to the grindstone, I'll finish the job this week.

1175–1225; Middle English. See grind, stone Unabridged
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grindstone (ˈɡraɪndˌstəʊn)
1.  a.  a machine having a circular block of stone or composite abrasive rotated for sharpening tools or grinding metal
 b.  the stone used in this machine
 c.  any stone used for sharpening; whetstone
2.  another name for millstone
3.  keep one's nose to the grindstone, have one's nose to the grindstone to work hard and perseveringly

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The ability to get things done is more important than the ability to keep the nose to the grindstone at all times.
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