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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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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.
Ommadon (50-1): The son of 1996 Derby winner Grindstone is playing his own Subway Series: Second in Remsen, he'll prep in New York.
He has won the Kentucky Derby twice, on Sea Hero in 1993 and Grindstone in 1996.
Bailey won the Derby with Sea Hero (1993) and Grindstone (1996).
Grindstone (1996) had made his 3-year-old debut in a Santa Anita allowance race, running second to Budroyale, before winning the Louisiana Derby.
Sometimes the Derby winner just can't make it to Pimlico, as was the case with Grindstone, who won at Churchill Downs in 1996 and never ran again.
So I've kept myself in shape and kept my nose to the grindstone and looking for every rock to uncover to keep this body in shape and go out and compete.