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knuckle down Informal

Meaning: If you knuckle down, you start to take your work or your task seriously and do it properly.

For example:

  • knuckle down The exams start next month, so I guess it's time I knuckled down and studied a bit harder.

  • knuckle down If Sammy wants to lose weight, he'll have to knuckle down and start exercising more at the gym.

Quick Quiz:

It's time we knuckled down and
  1. went to bed
  2. worked harder
  3. watched TV

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