elbow grease

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n elbow grease use of physical or mental energy; hard work "he got an A for effort","they managed only with great exertion"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Elbow grease energetic application of force in manual labor.
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Idioms

Elbow grease - If something requires elbow grease, it involves a lot of hard physical work.
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Usage

In literature:

All I seen was the way he cranked the machine, and he didn't waste any elbow grease doin' it, either.
"The Voice on the Wire" by Eustace Hale Ball
It will simply concentrate energy and: save elbow-grease.
"The World For Sale, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
All we wanted was them needles and a little elbow-grease and gumption.
"The Underdog" by F. Hopkinson Smith
Elbow-grease is the secret of the Blood Seedlin', ain't it, Al?
"Not Pretty, But Precious" by John Hay, et al.
Elbow-grease is the only stuff to make gold with.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
But hard work was not their way of life; wits they believed worth more than elbow-grease.
"Lobo, Rag and Vixen" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
It needs plenty of 'elbow grease' to make them look bright, but the rubbing well repays us.
"Pictures of Jewish Home-Life Fifty Years Ago" by Hannah Trager
I learnt him how to talk Injun an' read rapids an' build a fire with tinder an' elbow grease.
"In the Days of Poor Richard" by Irving Bacheller
He has the technique of the conductor, but the elbow-grease was missing.
"Old Fogy" by James Huneker
The lovely elbow-grease polish can never be imitated.
"Big Game" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
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In news:

Transformations occur when these boat owners apply creativity and elbow grease belowdecks.
Christian youths to apply elbow grease to ailing homes.
Money or elbow grease .
Volunteers shine up Red Bank High School with elbow grease.
It takes a lot of dough and elbow grease to get a restaurant favorite into supermarkets.
Elbow grease and imagination yield award-winning motorcycles.
But the elbow grease that goes into tending to the landscape is far less beloved.
Christopher Gaze uses 'technique and elbow grease' to pull off tricky tongue twisters in Pirates of Penzance (with video).
Will it take a lot of elbow grease.
0How to fight stains with little to no elbow grease.
Christopher Gaze uses 'technique and elbow grease ' to pull off tricky tongue twisters in Pirates of Penzance (with video).
Restoring a beloved junktique can be as simple as applying a little elbow grease.
Installing a rural-type mailbox and post requires a little forethought and just about enough elbow grease to dig a 3-foot hole.
All you need to attach Plus 's tabletop to its legs is a light bit of elbow grease, as the pieces were designed to click directly into place.
The Flitz Professional Headlight Restoration Kit/Bucket can restore clarity to more than 100 headlights without mess, sanding or elbow-grease.
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