elbow grease

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of elbow grease

:vigorously applied physical labor :hard work

Examples of elbow grease in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of elbow grease

1672


ELBOW GREASE Defined for English Language Learners

elbow grease

noun

Definition of elbow grease for English Language Learners

  • : physical effort : hard work


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