keep one's nose to the grindstone

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of keep one's nose to the grindstone

:to do hard, continuous work
  • You'll do well at school if you just keep your nose to the grindstone.

Word by Word Definitions

keep play
  1. : to retain in one's possession or power

  2. : to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing

  3. : to have in control

  1. : the means or provisions by which one is kept

  2. : one that keeps or protects: such as

  3. : fortress, castle

nose play
  1. : the part of the face that bears the nostrils and covers the anterior part of the nasal cavity

  2. : the anterior part of the head at the top or end of the muzzle : snout, proboscis

  3. : the sense of smell : olfaction

  1. : to detect by or as if by smell : scent

  2. : to push or move with the nose

  3. : to move (something, such as a vehicle) ahead slowly or cautiously

grindstone play
  1. : millstone

  2. : a flat circular stone of natural sandstone that revolves on an axle and is used for grinding, shaping, or smoothing


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