knuckle down

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This page is about the phrasal verb knuckle down.

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

a. went to bed

b. worked harder

c. watched TV

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Contributor: Matt Errey