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grindstone

[grahynd-stohn] /ˈgraɪndˌstoʊn/
noun
1.
a rotating solid stone wheel used for sharpening, shaping, etc.
2.
a millstone.
Idioms
3.
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.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English. See grind, stone
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British Dictionary definitions for keep one's nose to the grindstone

grindstone

/ˈɡraɪndˌstəʊn/
noun
1.
  1. a machine having a circular block of stone or composite abrasive rotated for sharpening tools or grinding metal
  2. the stone used in this machine
  3. 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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