apply oneself

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apply oneself

To try hard or concentrate one's abilities (toward something). Without the preposition "to," it refers to a concentrated effort in general. I know you think you won't be able to understand this level of math, but you just need to apply yourself, and you'll find success. If we apply ourselves to the problem, we'll find a solution eventually.
See also: apply
References in classic literature ?
We apply ourselves to find out, Mr Lightwood, and we find that your friend, this Mr Eugene Wrayburn, here, pays.
THIS is a big match [against Norwich] which we must win - it could be the start of a decent run of games if we apply ourselves as we did against Chelsea, with real effort and commitment and skill.
However, I firmly believe we can get a result if we apply ourselves in the correct manner.
If we apply ourselves in the same manner against Albion Rovers we will give ourselves every chance of getting a positive result.
Kandjoze added, There might be a bit of a delay but I think we should apply ourselves to deliver this .
If the ball is reverse swinging or spinning, then we have to apply ourselves and try to adapt to the situation as quickly as possible to those conditions.
The basic principle is to apply ourselves and you go out and if the ball is reverse swinging or spinning then we have to apply ourselves and try to adapt to the situation as quickly as possible to those conditions," said Latham.
I'm not saying we're going to go there and win, but we have every chance if we apply ourselves.
Coleman said: "If we apply ourselves and play as we did against St Pat's in the second-half last week, I know we're more than capable of winning the game.
We have to keep making sure we apply ourselves and we try and play the best we can against the next team we play.
The league table shows we are the most consistent team, but we have to make sure we work hard and apply ourselves to the next two games because they are going to be tough.
I've no doubt we'll have to apply ourselves to get a result.
We're strong at home and if we apply ourselves, like we did against Port Talbot, we'll have a chance.
We've just got to apply ourselves and concentrate on Hibs, not Dunfermline.
It was a scrappy affair and we didn't apply ourselves as well I would have liked us to have done," he said.