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knuckle down (to something)

Fig. to get busy doing something. I want you to knuckle down to your work and stop worrying about the past. Come on. Knuckle down. Get busy.
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knuckle down

to work hard You're going to have to knuckle down to improve your grades if you want to get into a good college. Volunteers really knuckled down and cleaned up the town after the storm.
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knuckle down

1. Apply oneself seriously to some task or goal, as in The professor insisted that we knuckle down and get our papers in by Friday. Both this term and the rhyming synonym buckle down date from the 1860s, but the precise allusion in either is unclear.
2. See knuckle under.
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knuckle down

v.
To apply oneself earnestly to a task: We've been relaxing too long—it's time for us to knuckle down and finish this work.
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knuckle down

verb
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knuckle down

Apply yourself to the job at hand. The phrase comes from the game of marbles, one of the once-popular children's street games. Players shot their “shooter” marble by clenching the marble in a fist with knuckles touching the ground, then launching it with a flick of the thumb. When it was a player's turn and his attention was elsewhere, he was reminded, “Okay, knuckle down.” A similar phrase, “buckle down” most likely came from the idea of tightening your belt before performing an arduous task.
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We didn't and it's down to silly things that we've got to knuckle down on I suppose.
JOEY BARTON has been told to knuckle down by Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce on his return to the Premiership club following a three-day course of lifestyle coaching.
It was a big culture shock at first having to knuckle down and study every night when I got in from a long shift in the factory, and at times it was very difficult to open the books.
Enough of the lecture - just remember this as a horrible vision of the future, if you don't knuckle down next term
Technically, they may be far superior but we're going to knuckle down and fight for a result.
When it came down to selection for Team GB, both Andrew and I felt we had to knuckle down even more.
NICKY BUTT has told Newcastle team-mates to stop assuming they are a top Premier League side - and to knuckle down for a fight.
All I can do now is work hard in the week and knuckle down and it's up to the manager as to whether he plays me.
O'Sullivan said: 'It's a good draw for me in one respect because it will make me knuckle down.
But with Martin O'Neill he will knuckle down and show everyone what a player he is.
STUDENTS revising for final exams in the next couple of months can boost their salary expectations by nearly a quarter if they knuckle down to some hard work now.
He's got to look after himself and knuckle down over the coming months to ensure he's in good shape for next season.
It is understood Smith has also grown tired of the keeper's playboy lifestyle and has told him he will need to knuckle down.
I was disappointed but after a few days I had a chat with the gaffer and knew I had to go the other way - to knuckle down, do what he wanted me to do and get myself back in the team.
And that is great news to every Evertonian as we are back in pole position in the league and if we just knuckle down and concentrate on ourselves then we should be in the Champions League ourselves next season Stu Harrington (via email