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nose to the grindstone

A phrase said of one who is working hard and/or diligently on something. Sometimes used as an imperative. I'm so impressed your grades, honey—you really put your nose to the grindstone this year, and it paid off! I've got to keep my nose to the grindstone if I'm going to get this promotion. We need to finish this project tonight! Nose to the grindstone, people!
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keep one's nose to the grindstone

Fig. to work hard and constantly. Son: I'll never get good grades. I might as well not even study. Mother: Don't give up yet. I'm sure that if you just keep your nose to the grindstone, you'll get the results you want. Mary kept her nose to the grindstone while her friends were out enjoying themselves.
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put one's nose to the grindstone

Fig. to keep busy doing one's work. (Also with have and get, as in the examples.) The boss told me to put my nose to the grindstone. I've had my nose to the grindstone ever since I started working here. If the other people in this office would get their noses to the grindstone, more work would get done.
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keep your nose to the grindstone

to work continuously After a year of keeping your nose to the grindstone, you finally get away for that vacation you've dreamed about.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the shortened form nose to the grindstone: During the exam period, it was all nose to the grindstone.
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keep your nose to the grindstone

to continue to work very hard, without stopping I've only got six weeks before my exams start so I'm trying to keep my nose to the grindstone.
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nose to the grindstone, keep one's

Stay hard at work, as in We expect John to get good grades again, since he really keeps his nose to the grindstone. This expression, first recorded in 1539, alludes to a tool that must be sharpened by being held to a grindstone.
See also: keep, nose

put (one's) nose to the grindstone

To work in earnest.
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This was Palthirri-pirdi on Anna Creek Station in Arabana Country (Hercus 2005; McBryde 1987), which was part of a node connecting the north-south networks with those distributing grindstones to the west and into the Simpson Desert.
Grindstones from these quarries have been identified in museum collections from Boulia, a thousand kilometres to the north (McBryde 1997:594).
This difference is documented both in the distribution of surface finds and in petrological analyses of museum collections of grindstones sourced to known quarries.
However, it seems likely that many of the grindstones produced here were used locally within the Strzelecki Desert, as Hughes (1980:13) found implements of Narcoonowie stone widely distributed within 65 kilometres of the quarry.
1997) argue that millstones are simply the worn ends of a reduction trajectory that begins with 'amorphous' grindstones and ends with millstones.
But caution must be used for earlier examples or for grindstones outside the southern Western Desert, as they could easily be confused with other types of rudimentary grindstones.
Veth, Peter and Sue O'Connor 1996 'A preliminary analysis of basal grindstones from the Carnarvon Range, Little Sandy Desert', Australian Archaeology 43:20-2.
Australian typologists have largely ignored the systematics of grindstones.
This discovery encourages systematic organic micro-residue recovery on Palaeolithic sites, particularly on artefacts that are potentially involved in the treatment of organic substances or in the preparation of food, like grindstones, hearthstones and silica tools (Fullagar et al.
The most ancient remains of wild cereals (grasses) have been found on grindstones in the Early Epipalaeolithic pre-Natufian, in the site of Ohalo II in Israel, dated to around 19 500 BP (Piperno et al.
The survival of traces of perishable starches on such an ancient grindstone suggests an intensive and repeated use.
The resulting larger fragment had the concave depression on its upper surface, indicating that it had been used as a grindstone, while the smaller no doubt functioned as the grinder.
Yesterday, however, the honeymoon was over, and it was nose to the grindstone once more with attendance at `Breakfast With The Stars', a social event held at Nad Al Sheba to promote tomorrow's Dubai World Cup.
We found an arrow tip, flint and obsidian pieces, volcanic rock grindstones and planes for making bowls," said National Heritage spokesman Gilberto Sanchez.
At the Goltepe site, the Smithsonian researchers counted 250,000 grindstones near the mine's mouth.