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elbow grease

noun
1.
strenuous physical exertion:
a job requiring elbow grease.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40
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British Dictionary definitions for elbow-grease

elbow grease

noun
1.
(facetious) vigorous physical labour, esp hard rubbing
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elbow-grease in Culture

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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Slang definitions & phrases for elbow-grease

elbow grease

noun phrase

Muscular exertion; physical effort (1710+)


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Idioms and Phrases with elbow-grease

elbow grease

Strenuous physical effort, as in You'll have to use some elbow grease to get the house painted in time. This term alludes to vigorous use of one's arm in cleaning, polishing, or the like. It soon was extended to any kind of hard work, and Anthony Trollope used it still more figuratively (Thackeray, 1874): “Forethought is the elbow-grease which a novelist ... requires.” [ First half of 1600s ]
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