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 ?
It has rendered you so fickle, and so given to change, that your inconstancy has passed into a proverb; for you no sooner set up an idol firmly, than you are sure to pull it down and dash it into fragments: and this, because directly you reward a benefactor, or a public servant, you distrust him, merely because he is rewarded; and immediately apply yourselves to find out, either that you have been too bountiful in your acknowledgments, or he remiss in his deserts.
He said: "He just said from day one that all he wants is for the players to be sharp every day in training, apply yourselves and do the same in the game.
You have to take the occasion and apply yourselves on the day and if you do and give a good account of yourselves and give the supporters something to shout about, because we are taking a terrific amount of support there.
Middlesbrough proved a few years ago it is possible if you apply yourselves rightly.
You've got to apply yourselves and work extremely hard to achieve anything.
He fumed: "As a team if you can't apply yourselves better than we did in the first few minutes then you will never win matches.
But what you have to do in these situations is continue to work hard and apply yourselves properly.
So children please takemy advice Don'twaste your time fooling, and laughing Never ever "bunk off school" and apply Yourselves to Latin
If you start taking your eye off the ball a little bit or don't apply yourselves quite as well then you can find yourselves on the wrong end of an upset.
I'm sure he will be saying 'if you apply yourselves, you can get the rewards of playing in the biggest games of your career'.