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Slang

elbow grease

This page is about the slang term 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

Slang of the Day

Contributor: Matt Errey