elbow grease


: physical effort : hard work

Full Definition of ELBOW GREASE

:  vigorously applied physical labor :  hard work

Examples of ELBOW GREASE

  1. It's going to take some elbow grease to get this counter clean.
  2. <with a little polish and a lot of elbow grease, I was able to make the old silver teapot shine again>

First Known Use of ELBOW GREASE



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