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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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8 Vermeulen has been at the front of the queue when it comes to making the hard yards for franchise and country with his ball-carrying prowess.
Clarke said his incumbent pacers had put in the hard yards at Port Elizabeth, and reiterated his preference for a seam-bowling all-rounder in the team.
Well, sonny, for you a place on the bench is on the cards - you've got to do the hard yards before you earn the right to call me Pards.
Dubai: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq demanded his side put in the hard yards to supplement their undoubted talent after they squandered the opportunity of winning a Test series against South Africa.
YOU have to put in some hard yards when you start off as a sports hack.
We know you have to do the hard yards and these players enjoy doing the hard yards.
All winter the England attack has put in the hard yards only to see the batsmen get bowled out cheaply, and there's a sense that Swann and Co will see this as a great chance for the batters to finally step up and do their job.
With wind and rain being a persistent feature of the second half both sides relied on their forwards for the most part to pound out the hard yards.
But he believes he received just the boost he needs in Daegu to put in the extra hard yards in training and claim gold in London.
Barry, 30, put in the hard yards in the dramatic 1-0 victory over Manchester United on Saturday at Wembley.
Like most, I've worked long hours of overtime, doing the hard yards, with little recognition.
I will never forget the warmth and graciousness with which Ramsden not only welcomed me and put me at ease, but even acknowledged the very small ways (compared to the years of hard yards she and the others had put in
But 38 is a grand old age to still be putting in the hard yards on a rugby league field.
I put the hard yards in this week and this is only just the start.
Wales struggled to do this, they failed to plough forward and do the hard yards, and when they moved it wide they came up against a solid whitewall.