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hard yards

Particularly hard work or a large amount of effort (toward some task), especially in sports. Often used with the verbs "do," "make," or "put in." You're never going to have a successful business if you aren't willing to put in the hard yards yourself. Our team did the hard yards all game long, and we managed to pull out a victory in the end because of it.
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The second half brought a similar theme offensively as Gateshead's Gavin Barr battled to earn the hard yards running the ball as the teams continued to trade possession.
Then when a woman does get out there and put in the hard yards they slaughter her for the way she dresses.
Not only has John put in the hard yards, I can think of no-one who would be more effective in his new role.
We have to put the hard yards in again - it is a quick turnaround.
Mental toughness is part of the game and I have done the hard yards to get here: two years of scoring lots of runs and a good tour with the A side last winter.
To counter the gale, Tynedale kept ball in hand, backs as well as forwards frequently making hard yards and were rewarded with a 22nd-minute try by Rob White.
Whitland went over with the hosts down to 14 - lock Stuart Miller kicking his heels in the sin-bin - as second-rower Anthony Jakeman and No 8 Randall Williams made the hard yards for Andrew Jenkins to send over prop Dai Jones.
It was a hammer blow, not least having put in the hard yards by winning down in Cork in their game prior after bowing out of Europe.
Ideally that's where more fruitful things come for me, doing the hard yards in Sri Lanka and I suppose the rewards can come when I'm on wickets which may suit my type of bowling a little bit more," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Copeland, as saying.
But Walsall manager Chris Hutchings wants more from the striker - and insists the only way for Reid to unlock all his quality is by putting in the hard yards.
I suggested the former Arsenal man David Dein to do the hard yards abroad, Gary Lineker to spread some stardust and Sebastian Coe to use his bid experience, charm and contacts.
I've got some hard yards ahead of me in the next few months to be in position to do any of that.
Writing in his autobiography the Hard Yards, 35-year-old Shaw says the incident, which was not revealed to the England management happened following the 36-0 defeat to South Africa in the French capital in the group stages of the tournament.