Even at the present day, Madam Joes universal panacea is the grubbing-hoe and elbow-grease.
He has the technique of the conductor, but the elbow-grease was missing.
Not at all, Mrs. Broughton; success depends on elbow-grease.
But there is some polish, because the lads put that on with elbow-grease.
Forethought is the elbow-grease which a novelist,—or poet, or dramatist,—requires.
The elbow-grease of thinking was always distasteful to him, and had no doubt been so when he conceived and carried out this work.
But hard work was not their way of life; wits they believed worth more than elbow-grease.
If a mahogany table was to be made to shine, it was elbow-grease that the operation needed.
Strenuous physical effort: “If you're going to get this job done, you'll need to apply a little elbow grease.”
Muscular exertion; physical effort (1710+)