elbow-grease

elbow grease

noun
strenuous physical exertion: a job requiring elbow grease.

Origin:
1630–40

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elbow grease
 
n
facetious vigorous physical labour, esp hard rubbing

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elbow grease definition


Strenuous physical effort: “If you're going to get this job done, you'll need to apply a little elbow grease.”

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elbow-grease definition


  1. n.
    effort. : All this job needs is a little more elbow-grease.
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