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elbow grease

Fig. hard scrubbing. Tom: What did you use to get your car so shiny? Mary: Just regular wax and some elbow grease. Joe put a lot of elbow grease into cleaning the kitchen.
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elbow grease

  (humorous)
hard work, especially when you are cleaning something With determination and elbow grease we soon transformed the filthy kitchen.
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elbow grease

Strenuous physical effort, as in You'll have to use some elbow grease to get the house painted in time. This term alludes to vigorous use of one's arm in cleaning, polishing, or the like. It soon was extended to any kind of hard work, and Anthony Trollope used it still more figuratively ( Thackeray, 1874): "Forethought is the elbow-grease which a novelist ... requires." [First half of 1600s]
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Snow, for instance, would "make politicians document on a daily basis the source and value of every contribution, whether it be money or elbow grease.
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