elbow grease

Meaning: physical effort, hard work

For example:

  • If we put a bit more elbow grease into this, we can finish the job today.

  • Polishing the floor needs a fair bit of elbow grease.

Quick Quiz:

You'll need to put some elbow grease into

a. scrubbing the walls

b. writing the report

c. cooking the dinner

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Contributor: Matt Errey